Tragedy on Dark Lake
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | February 19, 2017|
Two snowmobile helmets sat embedded in slushy ice Sunday morning – remnants of a terrible tragedy the night before that has left one snowmobiler missing.
A man’s black and yellow helmet with visor sat next to a black boot while a few feet away rested a woman’s pink snowmobile helmet on a stretch of Dark Lake very close to the bridge over Loop Road, just east of Wilberforce.
The scene appeared strangely calm in the morning sunlight, belying the frantic effort of Highlands East firefighters the night before.
They responded to a call between 9 and 10 p.m. Saturday night after a snowmobile ridden by a man and woman went through the ice.
They were able to get the woman out, according to Highlands East fire Chief Bill Wingrove. However, they were unable to find the man.
“Unbelievable,” said Barb MacDonald of Dark Lake, who was on an ATV near the site of the accident Sunday morning.
“It’s just so sad, that’s all I can say.”
“It’s not what you expect … coming up for a family day long weekend.”
Wingrove first tweeted about the incident when he said, “Two snowmobilers through ice on Dark Lake in Wilberforce, one rescued – OPP on scene awaiting divers – Rescue 203 and 602 – Unit 1, Chief and EMS.”
In a telephone interview with The Highlander Sunday morning, Wingrove confirmed that firefighters saw the man’s helmet on the ice and went to rescue him but found the helmet empty.
The Bancroft detachment of the OPP is investigating. No press release has been issued and no names have been released.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.