Moose Country Minute – February 03 2018

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Right on schedule, the OPP has issued its annual warning to snowmobilers to smarten the hell up, and stop needlessly killing themselves.

At this writing, seven snowmobilers have died on the trails, or have gone through the ice, meaning it is trending to match the number of deaths last year—which is 27.

We learned just recently that the snowmobiler who died after going through the ice on Sturgeon Lake was a Toronto firefighter and acting captain named Earl Strong.

This is tragic news to any and all first responders.

According to OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, he is troubled by the spike and the all-time record high of ice-related deaths which is said are caused by “unnecessary risks.”

It would be difficult to think an experienced firefighter would take an unnecessary risk, but there are accidents and then there are accidents.

Bad stuff happens to good people.

The biggest cause of deaths on the snowmobile trails are due to excessive speed and booze consumption.

Put them together, which usually happens, and the results are as predictable as they are preventable.

There is a certain adrenalin that comes with running a lake, and even crossing short stretches of open water.

I know because I have been there, and done that.

But it was planned. We knew the trail intimately.

Most accidents happen, however, because of taking a run through unknown territory.

Doing it while three sheets to the wind is a recipe for having Murphy’s Law invoked.

Nothing good can come of it.