tbtbxz · 2022-02-03

Ice conditions changing hourly

Despite repeated warning from police to stay off the ice, many are failing to heed the warning.

“Ice conditions are not changing daily, but locally, they are changing hourly,” said Const. Peter Leon in a news release.

This past weekend was no exception, he noted, as one snowmobiler could have been a part of what was a tragic weekend with a number of deaths on the ice and one on a closed Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail.

“On Saturday night, shortly after 9 p.m., a homeowner who lives on Sawlog Point Road in Tiny Township was out walking the family dog when the sound of a snowmobile that was being operated on the ice suddenly stopped. The eerie silence was soon replaced with cries for help as the snowmobiler had gone into the frigid waters of Georgian Bay,” stated Leon, adding the Tiny Township Fire Department responded to the scene along with police and paramedics, beginning what would turn out to be a dangerous ice rescue.

The man was safely brought to shore and transported to the Huronia District Hospital in Midland suffering from hypothermia.

“This rescue, if not for the actions of the firefighters involved, could have ended tragically if the circumstances were different Saturday night. While attempting the rescue, the firefighters even went through the ice themselves on a number of occasions,” he said. “Life is valuable and the message is simple, please stay off the ice. It is not only unsafe for any type of recreational activity, but puts the lives of rescuers at great risk.”