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.
#SGBOPP #OPPAviation provided a glimpse of the poor ice / open water conditions off Midland Point January 21, 2021. Please stay Clear, Ice is broken and unstable or non existent! #NoIceIsSafeIce^DH@GoSnowmobiling @tinytownship @TayTownship @MidlandON @penetanguishene @gbtownship pic.twitter.com/zEZzyms76R— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) January 22, 2021
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.
#SGBOPP ice safety awareness is paramount this weekend after last weekends tragedies. High water levels and warm temperatures. What ice is present may only appear safe! Is it worth the risk? #NoIceIsSafeIce ^DH pic.twitter.com/8dIMRZfFFd— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) January 22, 2021
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.
A very candid conversation with #SGBOPP about the complexity of ice rescue&recovery process involving 3 riders going through the ice last weekend. This #SnowMobileSafetyWeek, we thank all first responders&specialized units who selflessly risk their own safety to rescue others ^in pic.twitter.com/VqEA6YBOw0— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) January 22, 2021