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« on: January 10, 2010, 08:56:11 pm »

Took these Sun Jan 10th at Ballyronan Marina. Massive area of the Lough has froze over, people walking on it and around the boats. It was a rare experience.



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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2010, 11:18:12 pm »

Excellent videos Martin showing some extreme N.Ireland ice events could be a long time before we see the likes of it again.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010, 05:28:41 pm »

Thanks Paul, I will never forget the experience, it was fantastic  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010, 05:38:55 pm »

Great vids Martin! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2010, 10:01:30 pm »

Thanks Mark, it will be interesting to see how the rest of our Winter plays out.
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2010, 10:20:46 pm »

Well done ,Martin ,I wouldn't have walked on it though ,not worth the risk. It sounded thick when the stone hit the ice but nevertheless odds stacked against anyone who falls through. I think 4 have drowned here up to now.
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2010, 10:28:40 pm »

Todays thaw will deter any one walking on it Martin thanks for posting the video.
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010, 12:09:52 am »

Thanks John and Jonathan for the feed back. Yes, it was crazy to walk on, imagine the minds of the others who walked even further out in the distance beyond the boats, mental, the thaw will probably claim a few more lives on these frozen lakes soon which is very unfortunate, I'm shocked it hasn't happened already on Neagh and Lough Fea - they are like tourist attractions at the moment.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2010, 06:21:57 pm »

I think if I were the local police officers I'd pay some attention there  to discourage walking on the Lough , I don't know whether the councils put signs up - not just there,Martin, I mean generally, here too. I think they should and I think they should have wardens patrolling. Sometimes people have to be protected from themselves.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2010, 09:27:20 pm »

There was one single sign (I have a photo) but it was small and nothing more than a flimsy small sheet of plastic hastly attached to a pole which many may have missed. Not that a sign should be needed of course - common sense should prevail, however common sense isn't very common these days  Smiley

I heard the authorites have broke up the ice on the River Bann to save lives.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 09:42:50 pm »

Here's a two page image account I did on the Lough Neagh freeze....

http://www.nightskyhunter.com/Extreme%20Lough%20Neagh%20Freeze%20-%20Page%201.html
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