2019 Ice Season Fatalities

This page contains summaries of reports on ice fatalities during the 2019 ice season that typically runs from November 2018 to April 2019.  The information mostly comes from newspaper or news broadcasts.  Occasionally accidents that do not involve a fatality will be included if they are instructive. When it iseems justifiedI make some assumptions about that the root causes for the accident.



November 4, 2018, Fish Mountain AK, 

A 63 year old subsistance fisherman broke through ice on the Fish River (red mark). He was able to call his family and tell them what had happened and where he was.  Difficuct weather condiatoins delayed the recovery for several days. 



November 19, 2098, 3:30 PM,  Clear Lake Iowa, 1600 N 24th St.  A 28 year old woman was walking her dog. The dog walked an ice covered  pond.  The woman walked out on the ice in a attempt retrieve the dog and broke through.  She was rescued by the first policemen to arrive on the surface.  The Fire Station two miles away..  

 more on dogs and ice 


On APril 10, 2019 a 78 year old iceboater collided with a pressure ridge at about 3:40 PM on the Bay of Quinte, a popular iceboating venue in southern Ontario. The boat stopped abruptly.  He was given first aid promplty and was declared dead at the hospital. 

Late day sunlight may have have been a factor. The iceboater may have attempted to cross the ridge at a low point.  If you know details about the ice please get in touch.  

DN iceoboats have collisions on race courses reasonably often.  Most of the time they are between two boats and the sailors usually escape with minor injuries.  Occasionally death results.  I know of one fatality in