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Police urging ice safety for snowmobilers

By Jaykob Storey [1]

BELLEVILLE — In response to a trio of snowmobile-related deaths on waterways this past weekend, the OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs are warning the public about ice safety.

The events occurred across south-central Ontario. A 53 year-old man died on Dark Lake in Haliburton on Friday night, and a 25-year-old and a 22-year-old went through the ice on Go Home Lake in Georgian Bay Township.

The OPP Highway Safety Division states, “No ice is 100 per cent safe,” and urged snowmobilers to stay off the ice whenever possible.

The release included the following safety checklist for snowmobilers.

The OPP and OFSC said that they want to promote safe and responsible driving and remind snowmobiles that driving on ice goes beyond just a personal choice. It affects your loved ones and puts the emergency personnel who attempt to rescue you at risk as well.