In spite of constantly being told the ice was not safe this last winter. People still went out there to fish. Not to any of our surprise around here on March 9th it finally happened. A huge chunk of ice broke off the main ice in Kempenfelt Bay and took with it, 26 ice fishermen,one being a mere 12 years old. Here we are after a summer of dry and hot weather and I am putting this up. I am way behind with everything that has happened in my life the last 6 months. So maybe looking at these will cool you down. The rescue was amazing,but on this day it was fridged,winds were howling to the point I had a heck of a time holding my camera,and the air boats had a heack of a time getting to the ice flow,it was brutal out there.I froze and if it weren't for a kind gentleman who lent me one of his gloves,my hands would of been in certain trouble of literally freezing. Just think of them all out on the ice. But out of the rush of excitment and worry of the rescuers not making it back. I kept on pluggin. By the time they got the rescuers off the lake,there was not much left underneith them,the ice had all broken up around them. And they were falling in the water between the big pieces of broken ice with the terrible threat of being injured or worse,crushed.If people would listen,this would not of happened,it shouldn't of happened.If the OPP helicopter hadn't been turned back to Orillia due to weather, there would have been casualties for sure.In stead,all these men put their lives on the line to save 26 people,lost life saving equipment and a few life jackets that some of the fishermen neglected to return on shore. One of the rescued said it was his 3rd rescue,no comment. Here I have posted just a few of the many shots I took this day and hopefully this sort of thing will be avoided next winter if we have another mild one. Which I am thinking we won't.But with climate change in full swing one never knows. The most dumbfounded thing you'll ever imagine here is,the next couple days after this big rescue,there were 2 smaller rescues for the same reason. Ice melting away and breaking off. SO. What does that tell you about the human species,again,NO COMMENT.