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North American Fatality Report for the 2013 Season


Open water in the east end of Rangeley Lake (Maine) from Rt 4 on January 1, 2013. A couple days before this, five snowmobilers, riding at night, drove onto the open water. One rider survived.

There were at least 53 ice fatalities in North America last winter.  The following are links (in red text) to a summary report and short reviews of each incident (by month).  The circumstances that lead to all this misfortune tells the ground truth about ice safety.  The Summary Report, in particular, is recommended reading.

Summary Report

November and December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

March and April 2013