January 3, 2010 by Lorrystdavid
Sadly, tis the season for snowmobilers to once again cause our rescue crews to risk their lives for their stupidity. We hear every year of snowmobiles going through the ice in spite of constant warning from the Police and other authorities that the ice is not safe. One wonders how grown people (mostly men) can ignore such warnings. I know there is an age where guys feel they are invincible, we’ve all been there but at what cost. Families living without sons, children without fathers and too often these deaths could have been avoided. It is a short season but it’s even shorter when you’re dead. Lets use caution and stay off the water until the authorities say it’s OK.
Published On Sat Jan 2 2010 by thestar.com
MINDEN–The body of a 43-year-old man has been pulled from Redstone Lake in Haliburton County after a snowmobile accident. The Ontario Provincial Police dive team recovered the body of the man early Saturday afternoon, said Const. Peter Leon. Police were still notifying his family members and were not releasing his name as of late afternoon. However, he owned a cottage in the Redstone Lake area near Minden, they said. The man was at his cottage with two male friends when they headed out to go snowmobiling Friday night, said Leon. He went out ahead of his friends and when he didn’t return, the other two snowmobilers went looking for him and found him in some open water. “They did attempt an ice rescue however they ended up having to call 911 when they weren’t able to successfully bring their friend to shore,” said Leon. Provincial police, fire and paramedic services did an extensive search of the area Friday night and the dive team was brought in Saturday morning. Hours later, they found the man’s body. Leon called it sad news. “This is certainly one of those tragedies that certainly could have been avoided if individuals stayed off of area lakes until they’re safe to venture onto,” said Leon. Hypothermia does set in very quickly, Leon noted. “I think that any person that goes into the water without a survival-type suit on, their chances of survival at this time of year are certainly significantly reduced as a result of going into the water,” he said. Within two hours of making the grim discovery, provincial police got a call about four snowmobiles going through the ice into a lake in the Peterborough area. All four people were removed from the water and no injuries were reported, however their snow machines are still in the lake. There are “treacherous conditions on our waterways,“ said Leon. “They’re certainly not frozen out there. I think the snow that’s fallen over the last 24 hours has given some people some false impressions it’s safe to travel out there,” he said. Police are asking that snowmobile operators and outdoor enthusiasts stay off area lakes as ice conditions are not only extremely unsafe, but they are very unpredictable due to recent mild weather.
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