Don't step on the ice, Latvian rescue service warns

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The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) calls for caution each year when a layer of ice forms on water bodies. Ice is thin, and there have already been calls on people falling through, Latvian Radio reported December 16.

Several municipalities, including Rīga, Daugavpils, and Jūrmala, have issued bans on stepping on the ice. The police control compliance with the ban.

"Every year we can talk about children and young people trying to step on the ice immediately after the first ice appears, and ice fishers. These are two categories that come on the radar of the police every time," said Andris Dunskis, spokesman for the Daugavpils municipal police.

The first case of a person breaking into ice was registered on December 1 in the Kocēni municipality, and several more have occurred since then.

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