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Jefferson County Sheriff warns of deadly ice after St. Lawrence River drowning

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWTI) — A day on the ice turned deadly.

On Sunday, January 21, a vehicle went through the ice off Steel Point in the Village of Clayton, according to a press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Dive teams found 49-year-old Jeremy T. Hubbard dead inside the 2019 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The Sheriff’s Office investigation indicated that Hubbard went through the ice at approximately 8:43 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.

With this information, Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Barnett voiced a message to the community. Sheriff Barnett asked everyone to use extreme caution if going on or near the ice.

“As your sheriff, I’m not a fan of ice. I don’t trust Mother Nature. But the people that are going to go out there and ice fish or do recreational things on the ice, please take into consideration where you are,” Sheriff Barnett expressed.

“The temperatures here in the North Country, we went the other night from -10 degrees Sunday morning to here we are now Tuesday afternoon, 35 degrees,” he added.

Given the instability of ice on local waters, people are also recommended to never go on the ice alone and always inform others of their location.

Sheriff Barnett said he hopes this serves as a warning of how dangerous the ice can be.

“I don’t want to have to go to anybody’s door and provide bad news that a loved one or a friend has fallen through the ice and we can’t get to them,” he concluded

The St. Lawrence River drowning remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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