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Presenting Snap Judgment: No Ice Is Safe Ice

Steve Geistel Jr., Jeremy Holman, and Telaine Bower went ice fishing on Lake Huron in February 2023. Everything was great until the chunk of ice they were fishing on broke off and started floating away. (credit: Teo Ducot / Snap Judgment)
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Steve Geistel Jr., Jeremy Holman, and Telaine Bower went ice fishing on Lake Huron in February 2023. Everything was great until the chunk of ice they were fishing on broke off and started floating away. (credit: Teo Ducot / Snap Judgment)

Saginaw Bay is Steve Geistel Jr.’s favorite place to go ice fishing. But when he heard reports of bad ice, he decided not to risk fishing there. That is, until his friend Jeremy Holman talked him into it.

“When I got there, there was hundreds if not a thousand people going out on the boat launch,” Geistel said. “So, I thought maybe I was being a little too paranoid.”

After two good days of fishing, the wind suddenly changed direction, which can lead to dangerous conditions on the bay.

From left to right: Steve Geistel Jr., Jeremy Holman, and Telaine Bower went fishing together on Saginaw Bay in February of 2023. (credit: Dan Wanschura / Points North)
Three friends from left to right: Steve Geistel Jr., Jeremy Holman, and Telaine Bower went fishing together on Saginaw Bay in February of 2023. (credit: Dan Wanschura / Points North)

“I said, ‘Hurry up boys, pack up. We gotta get outta here right away,’” said Geistel.

Hoping the ice wouldn’t crack, the trio raced for shore. But that’s when Steve’s worst nightmare was realized. He went in the water.

This episode comes from the Snap Judgment podcast, from KQED and PRX. To hear the original, slightly different version first heard on Points North, click here.

Credits for Snap Judgment
Host: Glynn Washington
Producer: Dan Wanschura
Editors: Nancy Lopez and John Fecile
Original score: Clay Xavier
Artwork: Teo Ducot

Dan Wanschura is the Host and Executive Producer of Points North.