MUSKOKA-A tragedy in Muskoka over the weekend.
Bracebridge OPP along with Gravenhurst Fire Department and Muskoka EMS responded to an incident on Lake Muskoka this morning, March 4, 2019, shortly after midnight during which three snowmobiles and the five people riding them went through the ice and into the water.
Three people- a 31 year-old Bracebridge man, a 37 year-old Gravenhurst man and a 14 year-old Gravenhurst youth were able to get themselves to shore however it required the efforts of the attending emergency services personnel to retrieve the remaining two people- an 11 year-old Bracebridge youth and 15 year-old Gravenhurst youth. They were transported to hospital but unfortunately lifesaving efforts on those two young people were unsuccessful.
The OPP Underwater Search and Recover Unit (USRU), OPP Aviation support and Technical Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting in this ongoing investigation in co-ordination with the office of the Chief coroner.
Police say No Ice is Safe Ice, please be careful if out on the lakes.