Thin ice warning for Vernon's Swan lake

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VERNON - Authorities are warning the public to stay safe around Swan Lake.

With warming temperatures over the last week, the ice on the lake has thinned significantly. Police and Vernon Search and Rescue were told three people walking on the ice fell through, and that’s prompting some cautionary words.

“This is very concerning as many people are still taking vehicles onto the ice,” search manager Pete Wise said in a release. “Please keep your vehicles off the ice.”

With the Vernon Winter Carnival just around the corner and many activities scheduled near Swan Lake, the RCMP and Vernon SAR are asking the public to be cautious and remember there is no such thing as “safe ice” because ice conditions are not uniform on any body of water.

There were no reported injuries in connection with the three people who fell through the ice.

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