These ice skating in varied European locations this weekend might need performed nicely to hearken to Yoko Ono: “Strolling on skinny ice, I’m paying the worth.”
A whole lot of individuals danced, skated, performed hockey or strolled on frozen lakes and canals in Europe over the weekend, however the ice was not all the time thick sufficient to maintain everybody on their toes.
In Amsterdam, a skater carrying solely a swimming swimsuit on a frozen canal bought his few seconds of fame — captured in a video seen almost seven million occasions as of Tuesday — when he fell by means of the ice and needed to be rescued by a extra cautious skater, who additionally wore extra garments.
In Berlin, cops flew over frozen lakes in helicopters and ordered walkers and skaters to depart. In Northern England, the Lancashire Wildlife Belief urged individuals to steer clear of frozen lakes, the place rescuing sources have been restricted.
Temperatures in Europe fell final week to ranges that had not been seen in years, prompting many to flout lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures to play within the snow or on the ice. In London, components of the River Thames froze, and folks skied on the streets of Edinburgh and Paris.
In Athens, uncommon snowfalls have halted Covid-19 vaccinations, and the authorities requested members of the general public to limit go exterior just for important actions. In Germany, a homeless help group, BAG W, mentioned final week that 5 individuals had died within the chilly in per week.
Within the Netherlands, the place skating on pure ice is a deal with that occurs each few years and quantities to one thing of a nationwide ardour, individuals flocked to ice golf equipment, in line with the broadcaster NOS, turning to skating as a contented distraction from a nationwide lockdown and curfew.
That led in some circumstances to incongruous, even worrying scenes.
In Amsterdam, the swimsuit-clad man was not the one one who misjudged the ice: Onlookers helped a bunch of skaters with ropes and hockey sticks after they fell in icy waters of a canal, in line with video posted on social media.
In Berlin, a father and his 1-year-old little one have been taken to a hospital after they fell in a lake, in line with the Berlin police. “OFF THE ICE,” it wrote on Twitter. (A thaw started in most European cities this week.)
The Canadian Crimson Cross really helpful strolling or skating solely on ice that at the very least 15 centimeters, or almost 6 inches, thick — and even thicker for events or video games.
Those that fell in cities have been shortly rescued, however the authorities in distant spots urged individuals to behave responsibly.
“Our reserves, by their nature, are distant locations,” mentioned Alan Wright, the marketing campaign supervisor for the Lancashire Wildlife Belief. “If anybody will get into difficulties, there’ll solely be a couple of, if any, individuals round to assist.”