Imagine falling into icy cold water, and worse, getting yourself out is no easy task.. often impossible.
Last year, a four person boat capsized.
A month ago, a 14–year–old boy was pulled from the icy waters of Shadow Lake in the Redlands.
Unfortunately, dogs are falling in too, and that puts their emotional owners at risk.
The Grand Junction Fire Department says it can all be prevented.
The first thing to check is the thickness of the ice.
Four inches is safe for someone to walk on, but most ice in the Grand Valley does not get that think because of all of the sunlight.
What happens if you do fall in?
Is there anyway to get out?
Reporters Aaron Luna and Joe Gagnon suited up to be rescued.
Officials say if the ice cracks beneath you, do your best to keep your head above water at all times and try to stay calm.
And don't go after Fido, dogs can be in icy waters for a much longer time than we can.
Wait for help from the Grand Junction Fire Department's Water Rescue team.