U.S. Coast Guard warns Washington Park patrons of walking on ice shelf
"We highly recommend that you do not go out on the ice," said Vinny DeLuca with U.S. Coast Guard. "With the way our Winter has been going with some of the warmer temperatures, people tend to think that since it's warmer, they can go out and get some pictures on the ice. They tend to wander farther than they should, not realizing that the warmer temperatures will greatly affect the thickness of the ice and therefore, they could fall through or slip."
Gary Brown, who often takes photos at Washington Park, said he did walk on the ice shelf.
"There are signs on the beach that say stay off of the ice shelf because it's unpredictable and just plain dangerous,” said DeLuca. “If you want to take pictures of the lake, stay on the beach, on the sidewalks and do it from afar. It'll greatly reduce the risk of falling in or wandering off."