Coast Guard Starts Icebreaking In Parry Sound Area On Or Around April 11

Canadian Coast Guard: The CCGS Samuel Risley performs icebreaking duties
The CCGS Samuel Risley performs icebreaking duties on the St. Marys River, Ontario in March 2020. (CNW Group/Canadian Coast Guard)

Icebreaking is expected to start in Parry Sound and the surrounding area
on or around April 11

The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents in Parry Sound, Ontario and surrounding area to avoid the ice, as CCGS Samuel Risley will transit through the area to the Canadian Coast Guard Parry Sound base on or around April 11.

It is recommended that all recreational users – pedestrians, fishers, snowmobilers, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) operators – leave the ice during icebreaking operations. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone on the ice. Additionally, they should plan their activities carefully and use extreme caution after operations are complete as the ice will remain unstable after the icebreaker has left the area.

Coast Guard icebreaking service on the Great Lakes and connecting waterways is delivered in close co-operation between the Canadian and United States Coast Guards. By working together, the two Coast Guards ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move through the shipping channels and into and out of community harbours.

The date is subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, depending on operational requirements or weather conditions.

Details of the Canadian/U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking partnership can be viewed here.

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