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Mayo Clinic warns against ice fishing

March 21, 2017        

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Those Minnesota doctors should know!

But a recent press release from the prestigious Mayo Clinic, the top U.S. hospital in many specialties (no hard feelings, Manhattan) warns the U.S. public against the winter pastime of ice fishing, or cutting a hole in a frozen lake and waiting for fish to bite your line.  The Mayo Clinic is based in Rochester, Minnesota, a state known for freezing winters.

According to Mayo, both ice fishing and ice fishing-related injuries have increased in recent years.

One would think that falling through the ice would be ice fishing’s biggest risk.  But only four such incidents were found on record—along with four ice fishing-related burns (ice fishing commonly entails using a heated hut, and resulting heat mishaps).

Among the 85 ice fishing-related ER visits identified in records from 2009 to 2014, nearly 50 percent consisted of broken bones, sprains and strains, with another 30 percent comprised of cuts, scrapes and punctures.