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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” The state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana residents to beware of thin ice on ponds and lakes despite recent cold temperatures.
DNR officials say every year people drown after falling through ice.
As ice begins to form on many waterways, Indiana conservation officers are reminding people to put safety first. The DNR says at least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing and 5 inches for snowmobiling.
They also say depending on conditions, ice can change from several inches thick to nearly open water within just a few feet.
Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by ice. They also warn that water surrounded by sand often freezes with inconsistencies. They say people should never go out on ice alone.