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There are bellyflops, and then there is skating, while half-naked in a half-frozen river, on a piece of land that melts and descends face down in a mixture of ice, wet and very cold water.

It is an experience that at least one Dutch ice skater and Twitter users who have seen video footage 5.2 million times have become familiar with.

The video, posted on Monday, was captioned with the hashtag ijs niet overal goed, or ice is not good everywhere. After diving into the icy depths of an Amsterdam canal, the swimsuit-clad skater seems to be fine, if surprised, declaring his fall a facial plant.

Geertje
(@ikkomuitdrenthe)

#Amsterdam # not everywhere good #keizersgracht pic.twitter.com/mhZAuCQ9x6


February 14, 2021

Eventually, he is helped by another skater who risks the same fate throwing a rope. The man slips out of the water and ice on his belly, then stands up and gives a bow to the spectators before slipping away.

Wearing a bathing suit had its advantages: other skaters who penetrated the ice had to climb while wearing water-soaked puffer jackets and other winter clothing. A woman was placed on a ladder lying on ice and pulled ashore by emergency workers. Others were rescued by observers using hockey sticks.

On Sunday, the Dutch had a rare chance to hit the canals as they froze for the first time in almost three years.


Skaters glide across the frozen video surfaces in the Amsterdam canals

Strong ice also proved dangerous, and some skaters took the wreckage that took them to the hospital, despite a formal plea to spare emergency services.

Dutch authorities had declared a rare red code emergency as Storm Darcy sent temperatures down to -5 degrees Celsius (23F), the first snowstorm to hit the country in a decade.

Elsewhere in Europe, officials urged people to stop skating in melting lakes. In Berlin over the weekend, police in helicopters urged skaters to leave the ice Reported by BBC.

In northern England, skaters have tried to recreate the movements seen in the Dancing on Ice reality show on frozen lakes in nature reserves. They have been warned that, in addition to the dangers of thin ice, the remoteness of the lakes means that aid is far away.

Two girls were rescued after falling through the ice into a river in Nottinghamshire on Sunday Reported by BBC.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had warned against mass skating to avoid the risk of Covid-19 spreading as well as damage that could block emergency rooms in the hospital.

However, emergency rooms were twice as busy as usual on Saturday after people showed up with broken arms and other injuries sustained during the fall, medical staff associations noted on Twitter.

A group of skaters fall through the ice on the Amsterdams canals on Sunday.



A group of skaters fall through the ice on the Amsterdams canals on Sunday. Photos: @evgeny_amsterdam via Reuters

However, the problem is unlikely to last. Temperatures are forecast to rise to 14C in the Netherlands by Saturday.



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