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RCMP in northern B.C. issue ice-safety reminder after truck breaks through frozen lake

Facebook pick-up truck submerged in Charlie Lake
A pick-up truck submerged in Charlie Lake after the driver attempted to drive out to ice-fish. (via Facebook)

Know the dangers of ice.

That's what RCMP members in northern B.C. are reminding residents thinking of taking advantage of frozen lakes this winter after an unfortunate incident on Charlie Lake this past weekend.

On Sunday (Nov. 22), Fort St. John Mounties received a report of a submerged pick-up truck after the driver attempted to cross Charlie Lake in order to go ice fishing.

The ice proved to be too thin, cracking below the vehicle and within minutes was entirely submerged.

The driver was safe, however, and did not sustain any injuries.

Anyone attempting to drive on Charlie Lake, or any other frozen pond in the north this winter season, should test the ice thickness prior to recreating on the ice as the region has experienced a prolonged cold snap.

Residents are encouraged to visit the Canadian Red Cross' ice safety page for more tips on knowing when it's safe to utilize frozen lakes.