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Body of deceased snowmobiler recovered from Lake Simcoe

Another male was rescued from the icy waters by firefighters; Police say he is being treated for hypothermia at OSMH
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The OPP's underwater search and recovery unit recovered the body of a snowmobiler late this afternoon from Lake Simcoe. Another man who was on the snowmobile was rescued. Orillia OPP photo

The body of a snowmobiler was recovered late this afternoon from Lake Simcoe near The Narrows.

Two snowmobilers, riding on the same machine, plunged into the icy waters of The Narrows at about 4:30 a.m. this morning.

Firefighters from Ramara Township and Orillia were able to rescue one of the snowmobilers, but the other male could not be located.

The OPP’s underwater search and recovery unit and the OPP helicopter were called to help locate the missing man.

“Two snowmobilers ventured out and went into the open water at The Narrows at about 4:30 a.m.,” said Orillia OPP Const. Martin Hill.

“Multiple callers called 911 saying they heard a male screaming for help,” he said.

The fast-moving waters at The Narrows do not freeze, creating a hazard for snowmobilers - especially those unfamiliar with the area.

“As we always say, no ice is safe ice,” said Hill, noting extra caution is needed during darkness, when a snowmobile driver can only see a few feet in front of the vehicle.

The snowmobiler that was rescued this morning was taken to Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital. He is being treated for hypothermia.

No other details have been released.

 




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