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Caution: exposed lakebeds could have quicksand

Published: January 25, 2013

“Small treasures under the dry lakeshores” (News, Jan. 20) reported on items that can be recovered during this drought period but failed to mention that in most cases it's illegal to walk or drive a vehicle on a dry river or lake bed. The reason for this is simple: There's a real danger of getting caught in quicksand — something I experienced last year when my wife and I went onto Lake Hefner's lake bed. One second I was standing on dry sand, the next I was knee deep and sinking quickly. Luckily I was able to lay flat, crawl and pull myself free. Had this happened to a weaker person or a child, this could have easily ended in a fatality.

I've seen no warning announcements about this in the media. The parks department hasn't posted warning signs. With dry lakes being a problem for an extended time and the proximity of Stars and Stripes Park to Lake Hefner, it's only a matter of time until someone has to be rescued, or worse.

Ed Roberts, Yukon

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