After a group of people were seen jumping around on the ice breakups on the Red Deer River, members of The Town of Drumheller are urging everyone to stay clear of the river. 

Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski reminds us that this kind of behaviour could end up fatally harming someone. riverice2Photos Courtesy of Heather Gallagher.

"Even though the river may not look like it is moving at the moment, but there is definitely a current in there. At any moment the ice could move and you would think there is a lot of stability there, but if you were to slip and fall underneath the ice, or the ice suddenly moved and you fell down, even though the river is six or seven feet deep, you probably aren't coming up anywhere. So, stay off the ice."

It is the same precautionary tale from Drumheller Fire Cheif, Bruce Wade. The ice is not safe.

"The ice going out, you have no idea when it is going to let go. If it is moving you can easily slip through the large blocks of ice and never come up. Stay off the river or any flowing water with ice on it, stay away from the banks, all of that," he urged.

He also reminded local to tell visitors that may not know better to stay off the ice. The Drumheller Fire Department urges ice safety as it is a tricky rescue. Members are trained in river rescues, but everyone's safety is important in this kind of situation.

"It is a very difficult question as to whether we could respond or do anything. Our firefighter's lives are just as important as the bystanders or people on the ice," continued Wade.

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