Published: January 25, 2017
BY JENNIFER PARSONS
Members of the OPP at the Red Lake detachment called off the search for a missing snowmobiler last Saturday after locating the owner of a sunken snowmachine at the Chukuni River Bridge.
On Jan.21 police announced they were seeking the public’s assistance in “identifying the operator” of a snowmobile that reportedly went through the ice overnight.
“Officers observed snowmachine tracks leading to a hole in the ice and footprints leading away from the hole. Police need to ensure whomever was involved is safe and was alone at the time,” said Sergeant Kelly Hall at the time.
Hours later the detachment offered a thank you to those who assisted in identifying the operator noting “everyone is accounted for”.
With a week’s worth of mild weather weakening ice conditions the OPP offered a standard for ice thickness:
3″ (7 cm) (new ice) – KEEP OFF
4″ (10 cm) – suitable for ice fishing, cross-country skiing and walking (approx. 200 pounds)
5″ (12 cm) – suitable for a single snowmobile or ATV (approx. 800 pounds)
8″ – 12″ (20 – 30 cm) – suitable for one car, group of people (approx. 1500 – 2000 pounds)
12″ – 15″ (30 – 38 cm) – suitable for a light pickup truck or a van
“People should always remember that these measurements do not indicate ice safety in every instance. It is always important to follow safety practices when traveling on the ice including: Telling someone your travel plans, route and estimated time of return, wear proper gear such as a floater coat and carry survival equipment and If you don’t know, DON’T GO!” added Hall.