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Biker ok after falling through thin ice

Updated: 12/29/2013 7:49 AM
Created: 12/28/2013 2:05 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile

Less than 24 hours after a motorcycle went through the ice, Thomson Lake in the Town of Berne was teaming with activity.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says it's not uncommon to see dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ice fishermen and even cars on the lake. But, it's usually around January and February when the ice is thick enough to support the weight.

“I know everybody is anxious to get out on the ice, the ice fishermen as well. But the ice is nowhere near ready,” says Sheriff Apple.

The sheriff says the proof came Friday night when a 25-year-old from Coeymans and a 23-year-old from Selkirk were racing their dirt bikes on the lake.

“One of the motorcyclists caught some thin ice and went right through. He was able to scurry off. The bike did go down. The other motorcyclist was able to get to safety as well,” says Apple.

Authorities recommend a few things before heading out on the ice. Make sure you know the thickness. The DEC recommends 2 inches for one person on foot, 3 inches for a group in single file, and 7 ½ inches for a car. The thickness goes up for trucks.

The sheriff says it will take another cold snap to get the proper thickness.

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