Stay Off the Ice Warns Fire Chief
Prince George, B.C. – Keep off the river ice.
That’s the message from Prince George Fire Rescue Chief John Iverson after a potentially dangerous occurrence this afternoon.
“Today at 1 p.m. while performing a regularly scheduled river/ice assessment a City of Prince George public works foreman observed two young children playing on the ice at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers,” he says.
“He advised the children’s parents who were actually in attendance that they must get off the ice immediately. The parent complied with the request and removed the children from the ice.”
Iverson reminds the public that river conditions are “extremely hazardous” and that people should stay “well away from the edge.”
He says anyone who falls through the ice or into one of the fast-moving open water channels “will likely not survive.” Iverson adds “if a person isn’t swept under the pack ice by the current they will succumb to hypothermia within minutes.”
“In my 29-year career at Prince George Fire Rescue Service I’ve seen numerous tragedies caused by irresponsible behaviour, nothing compares to today’s event where a parent knowingly put their children in harm’s way.”
Iverson reminds people to use extreme caution around the Nechako and Fraser Rivers and to respect all barricades and cordoned off areas.