Accidents stir warnings over dangers of thin ice
Following a pair of weekend accidents on area ponds, one of them fatal, public safety officials yesterday stepped up warnings about the dangers of venturing onto thin ice, and voiced frustration that some people remain heedless to the risks. “There’s really no ice outside we would qualify as safe,’’ said Ted Joubert, fire chief in Plainville. “Especially this winter. It’s just not worth the risk.’’ Authorities said they hoped this weekend’s accidents would keep people away from waters that may appear frozen solid but could be unstable from the fluctuating temperatures in recent weeks.