1. Reginald Selkirk says

    Luckily there were others around to rescue them.

    And more importantly, to record some video.

  2. jrkrideau says

    That ice looks about 2cm thick. You have to be crazy to be on that especially with more than one person.

    I have skated, biked, and driven on ice; at the very least you would want 6--8 centimetres for skating with no crowds.

  3. mnb0 says

    @5 Ridana: “Can’t they see where the ice changes color because it’s so thin?”
    No. The two are unrelated (at least in The Netherlands).

    @4 MattG: Not everybody shares your risk/benefit analysis (personally I do -- I haven’t been on ice this winter). Many Dutch tremendously enjoy skating etc. There is even a several word for it: “ijspret” (something like fun on the ice).

    However due to climate change there are fewer and fewer opportunities (this year only a week, last year none), so it’s unsurprising that some people want to take the risk. And what risk actually in that video? They’ll run the risk of drowning when there’s nobody around. With all those bystanders it’s more like a fun game.
    More people (especially non-Dutch) drown in summer every year when visiting the beaches and swimming in the North Sea.

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