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INNISFIL - 

Four people fell through the ice into the frigid waters near Innisfil Saturday.

South Simcoe police report they were called to the Beach Road area in Gilford at 5 p.m. after a report of people clinging to ice flows in Lake Simcoe.

A popular fishing location, the foursome were 400-to-600 metres out into the bay when the ice beneath them collapsed.

"It is very disappointing that some people chose to ignore the warnings that were issued by police to stay off the ice," said Sgt. Steve Wilson of South Simcoe Police. "They are not only risking their own lives, but the lives of the emergency responders who are called to rescue them."

An airboat from York Region Police and Georgina Fire Services pulled the people out of the cold water.

Ambulance crews stood by on shore, and an air ambulance was dispatched to land in a nearby field.

All four people were rescued within half-an-hour of the call. Police say they were all conscious. Two were treated at the scene for exposure and hypothermia and the other pair was transported to a local hospital.

Police say one of rescuers suffered from hypothermia and was also treated at the scene.

Ice conditions on the lake are unsafe due to the unusual warm January. Only parts of Cooks Bay were frozen and the main lake is still open water.

Police are urging the public to stay off all ice on any waterway as the ice is unsafe.


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