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https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/man-dies-brother-survives-falling-freezing-pond-ice-fishing-new-york/

Please make sure the ice is thick enough.  I personally had to help with the brother that passed when he got to the hospital and was in the room when the brother that survived was notified.  Was a shitty night all around.  Just be safe please. 
 

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When I was in 6th grade I was fishing for salmon with my dad in the Genesee River gorge. Snagging was still legal then and thousands of people would drive up from all over. There was a group of Amish guys on a narrow shelf under the falls. I don't know if one slipped or was pulled in, but I vividly remember seeing him in the currents at the bottom of the falls. He was reaching out while people on shore were trying to get to him. Soon after he went under. Apparently he came up a mile or two downstream from there. It's a memory that's burned into my memory and I had no relation to the guy. I'm going to say a little prayer for the surviving brother. He's going to live with this for the rest of his life.

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1 hour ago, Bolt Action said:

When I was in 6th grade I was fishing for salmon with my dad in the Genesee River gorge. Snagging was still legal then and thousands of people would drive up from all over. There was a group of Amish guys on a narrow shelf under the falls. I don't know if one slipped or was pulled in, but I vividly remember seeing him in the currents at the bottom of the falls. He was reaching out while people on shore were trying to get to him. Soon after he went under. Apparently he came up a mile or two downstream from there. It's a memory that's burned into my memory and I had no relation to the guy. I'm going to say a little prayer for the surviving brother. He's going to live with this for the rest of his life.

That has to be tough to watch knowing there’s nothing you can do. I did some lifeguard work back in high school and never had to save anyone thankfully. 

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One of the things that stands out to me is how everyone along the shore tried to help. There was a sense of desperation as people tried to reach their poles out to him. They were grabbing driftwood branches and logs, anything they could find to try to reach his outstretched arms. After that my dad insisted that we wear a rope around our waist that was tied to the other person, just in case...

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Officials said the ice that coated the pond was roughly one-inch thick, an amount "unsafe for fishing." The department urges on its website that as a general rule, ice should be a minimum of three to four inches, although they warn that ice thickness "is not uniform on any body of water." 

Sad.  Condolences to the families, certainly avoidable.

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We hear of these senseless tragedies every year. I just don't understand, why anyone would consider risking their life for a fish. It's just not worth it.

Keep safe out there!

Wear a flotation device. 

Keep a set of picks in you pocket. To help pull yourself out of the water and back on the ice.

Keep a throw rope nearby. 

Be sure there is a minimum of 4" of solid ice before venturing out.

Just some basic things that could save a life.

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That’s what I said if they just waited until we got 4” they could have fished for many more years together.  

Felt bad talking with the brother and sending him out in the taxi.  He had a blank stare on his face I won’t forget.  I don’t think it had set in what had actually happened.  Would just stare and nod to what I was telling him.  

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