Fire chief: people risking lives with river ice

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The Susquehanna River piled high with blocks of ice has become a sight-seeing attraction along the Harrisburg riverfront, but some people have been choosing a much more dangerous alternative to enjoying the view.

Harrisburg Fire Chief Brian Enterline said city officials have received several reports of people walking on the ice.

“Unfortunately, it is very common,” Enterline said. “When the river freezes over, we get people who want to venture onto the ice.”

Enterline says river ice is unstable. If someone goes under, he said it's unlikely they'll make it out alive.

“What you don't see is water underneath the ice, and it's still flowing underneath the ice,” he said. “When you break through that ice you get into the current and you are gone, and we will not be able to find you.”

 

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