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Coast Guard issues thin ice warning after near-drowning incidents

Rescue services were called out to save two people in separate incidents on Saturday morning.

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There were 28 ice-related drownings in Finland last year, up from just six in 2019. Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The Finnish Coast Guard has issued a warning about thin ice after a number of near-drowning incidents over the past week, including two on Saturday.

A skier was rescued from icy water near the district of Vuosaari in Helsinki just before 10am on Saturday morning. A resident of a nearby apartment building alerted emergency services after spotting the skier had started sinking into the water.

The rescued skier was taken to Meilahti Hospital for treatment but was generally in good condition, the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard's director Tommi Karppi told news agency STT.

The Coast Guard had a similar rescue operation when a walker fell through thin ice into the water near the municipality of Pyhtää, in the Kymenlaakso region of southern Finland, shortly after 7am on Saturday morning.

Karppi said that the Coast Guard wants to remind people that it is no longer worth the risk of going onto ice-covered lakes or waterways.

There were 28 ice-related drownings in Finland last year, up from just six in 2019.

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