2018 Fatilities


November 20, Upper Red Lake MN about a mile north of Mort's Dock Resort

A woman (29) and man (28) broke through the ice about a mile off shore on Upper Red Lake near Mort's Dock.  No details were given about the ice thickness or the presence of pressure ridges, thin ice (new ice holes) or gas holes.    The breakthrough thickness of cold ice with 1000 lb all up weight is a little under 3".  Upper Red Lake is big (25 mi long) but shallow (18' max depth).  

November temperatures were generally below freezing but peak daily temps were above freezing abouit 1/3 of the time.  Snow fell on about half the time. 

Probably the couple would have survived if they had ice claws and flotation (a snowmobile float suit would be best).