OPP messaging no ice is safe ice to snowmobilers this weekend

Three sledders died on the same day in north Simcoe last weekend

Lots of snow to go riding on.

Ontario Provincial Police is imploring snowmobilers to stay off the ice after last Sunday’s triple tragedy, in which a Coldwater man and his teenage son died after their sled plunged into the frigid water of Sturgeon Bay in Victoria Harbour, and on the same day, a Midland man died when his sled hit open water at Midland Point.

Penetanguishene firefighters were able to get him out of the water, and he was taken to Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland where he later died.

The region is finally experiencing some frigid January weather after a mild start to 2021. Despite the mercury falling off, police say the risk is too great to chance riding on the waterways.