Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

January 13, 2014 15:01 ET

Safety Reminder Concerning Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaking Operations

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Jan. 13, 2014) - As the weather is getting warmer, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with its icebreaking operations and the need to exercise caution when icebreakers are operating nearby.

Fractured ice may become hazardous and unstable, and may create a danger for anyone in the area. Facilities on the ice may also be affected by icebreaking operations.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see an icebreaker in the immediate vicinity.

CCG icebreakers have a red hull with a transverse white band and a white funnel bearing a maple leaf. The hovercrafts CCGS Mamilossa and CCGS Sipu Muin are air-cushion vehicles whose engines produce a noise similar to an aircraft.

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