The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a public safety notice about possible unsafe ice conditions in the Northern Peninsula and northeast coast areas on Thursday.
The Coast Guard ship Ann Harvey will be conducting icebreaking operations around St. Anthony, St. Lunaire, Englee, Conche, Baie Verte, Main Brook, Roddickton and Bide Arm and Jackson Arm.
On the northeast coast, icebreaking operations will begin Thursday around approaches to Lewisporte, Bridgeport, Virgin Arm, Hillgrade, Twillingate/Durrell, Herring Neck, Leading Tickles, Springdale, Brighton, Fortune Harbour, Kings Point, Miles Cove (Green Bay), Pilley’s Island and Roberts Arm.
The operations could leave open water tracks in the fast ice in these areas.
“Depending on various conditions, the ice can be pushed instead of broken and ice can crack or break far away from the location where the icebreaker is working,” the Coast Guard said in a prepared release.
“This can cause risks for the safety of people and property. The public is warned to act accordingly, i.e. refrain from walking on the ice; remove mobile equipment in advance of icebreaking activities; protect permanently non moveable property, for instance.”