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NFL offensive lineman Frank Ragnow of the Detroit Lions—who goes by grizzlymanoutdoors on Instagram—decided he wanted to catch a pet fish for his fish tank from the pond near his home. So he grabbed his auger and his pole, and headed out onto the ice.
He seemed to know it was a bad idea from the jump. “Who knows if this ice is safe, by the way,” he says to the camera. “No idea.”
After a few steps, he put his manual auger into the slush and gave it a few turns. “It’s pretty thin, but I think we’ll be alright.”
We’ll see about that. If you want to skip to the action, go to 3:40. Also, be warned that he uses some NSFW language.
Thankfully, the pond/creek is pretty shallow, so he isn’t in grave danger. But he knows it was bad decision. “Just a pure jackwagon move,” Frank tells the viewers.
I’m assuming a “jackwagon move” is bad.
After struggling for a few minutes—and possibly destroying his GoPro—he claws his way back onto “solid” ice, no worse for the wear.
“Not my proudest or brightest moment,” Frank writes, “but very comical so I hope everyone enjoyed laughing at my poor choice.”
It’s a funny video and a good reminder to be safe out there. Ice should be at least 3″ in the thin spots, and even then, it’s always a good idea to exercise caution.