KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for service in the area of Shadow Lake Road #3 near the mouth of the Gull River on Monday, January 25, 2021 at approximately 8:15 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers assessed the area and were able to locate a fresh opening in the thin ice, consistent with a snowmobile going through. A submerged snowmobile was also observed in the lake, which remains in the water pending recovery.
The officers thoroughly searched the area, however, were not able to locate the operator of the submerged snowmobile. The officers believe that the individual operating the snowmobile was able to get out of the water and make it to the shore. The police would like to speak to the individual to ensure they are in good health and do not require medical assistance.
A complex search and recovery process is scheduled to resume tomorrow. The OPP would like encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact the City of Kawartha Lakes OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Your information could assist with resolving this incident and potentially save valuable resources.
The OPP reminds all snowmobilers that “No Ice Is Safe Ice”. Please be aware of current and past weather conditions, and remember that no ice is without risk. The quality and thickness of ice can change very quickly and its appearance can be misleading.