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There were 28 ice-related drownings in Finland last year, up from just six in 2019.

Image: Heikki Saukkomaa / Lehtikuva

The Finnish Coast Guard has issued a thin ice warning after a number of near-drowning incidents over the past week, including two on Saturday.

A skier was rescued from icy water near the Vuosaari district in Helsinki just before 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. A resident of a nearby building alerted emergency services after seeing that the skier had started to sink into the water.

The rescued skier was taken to Meilahti hospital for treatment but was generally in good condition, said the director of the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard. Tommi karppi told the STT news agency.

The Coast Guard carried out a similar rescue operation when a walker fell through thin ice in the water near the municipality of Pyhtää in the Kymenlaakso region of southern Finland shortly after 7 morning hours Saturday morning.

Karppi said the Coast Guard wanted to remind people that it was no longer worth the risk of going on ice-covered lakes or waterways.

There were 28 ice-related drownings in Finland last year, up from just six in 2019.

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