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Woman dies after falling through lake ice near Guelph

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Thursday, December 20, 2018, 1:37 PM - A woman has died after falling through lake ice near Guelph Wednesday afternoon, the OPP say.

Molly Kurvink, 62, of Guelph, and her 62-year-old spouse who has not been identified, fell through the ice of Guelph Lake, just north of Guelph, when it broke beneath her ice boat. Her spouse attempted a rescue, and fell in as well, the OPP say.

They were rescued by the OPP, Guelph Fire Department and Guelph-Wellington Paramedics Service Wednesday afternoon, and it's not clear how long they were in the water.

The two were taken to hospital. The OPP initially said the woman was in critical condition while the man was stable, but said both victims were critical a little after 7 p.m. At 7:35 p.m., the police service tweeted that Kurvink had been pronounced dead in hospital.

Prolonged cold temperatures, with daytime highs below zero, are needed before lake ice freezes thickly enough to support the weight of grown people, and though Ontario went through a patch of cooler weather in November, a comparatively more temperate December has reversed some of the freezing that did take place.

As for the Great Lakes, they are only 1.2 per cent frozen as a whole as of this week, with only Lake Huron nearing the five per cent mark earlier in December before declining slightly in recent days, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.


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