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On thin ice fishermen told to stay away from frozen lakes

Eoghan MacConnell

Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00

A Lithuanian man ice fishing on Ballinafid lake outside Mullingar, Co Westmeath yesterday
A Lithuanian man ice fishing on Ballinafid lake outside Mullingar, Co Westmeath yesterday

GARDAI are advising members of the public not to go 'ice fishing' on frozen lakes or canals during the cold snap.

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The practice, common in many parts of northern Europe, involves walking on to a frozen lake or river and drilling a hole through the ice.

Gardai were alerted to five men who were ice fishing at Ballinafid lake on the outskirts of Mullingar in Co Westmeath on Thursday.

A member of the public who alerted gardai to the fishermen said: "There were five people out on the lake with a rubber dinghy pulled out to carry their equipment. They had pitched a small tent on the ice, it was unbelievable."

Gardai attended the scene and the fishermen were asked to move on for their own safety.

However, yesterday morning one Lithuanian man was ice fishing at the same lake.

Irish Water Safety is planning to issue warning notices on its website.

Irish Independent

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