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Man's body pulled from submerged car in Mississippi Lake


CBC News

Monday, January 7, 2019, 4:09 PM - Ontario Provincial Police divers have recovered a man's body from a car that crashed through the thin ice of Mississippi Lake on the weekend.

Members of the OPP's underwater search and recovery team entered the lake, about 70 kilometres southwest of downtown Ottawa, just before sunset on Sunday.

"They found the vehicle and recovered the body of a a 31-year-old man from Lanark County, Drummond North Elmsley Township," OPP Const. David Bird said..

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The man's name was not released.

Around 3:45 a.m. Sunday, OPP responded to a report that a vehicle had crashed through the ice of the lake, just south of Carleton Place, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police are investigating after two vehicles broke through ice on Mississippi Lake on Jan. 6, 2019. Credit: Kimberley Molina/CBC

When officers arrived, they found a partially submerged all-terrain vehicle with its lights on. 

The ATV's three passengers had left the scene, according to Police. While searching for the ATV's occupants, police discovered another vehicle, a fully submerged Volkswagen sedan, which had been the subject of the original call. 

A man found inside the submerged vehicle was taken to hospital to be treated for hypothermia​.

Bird said police don't believe there's a connection between the ATV and the submerged vehicle.

On Monday, the roof of the ATV could still be seen protruding from the ice. The area was marked off with orange caution cones. 

Gerry Linton, who has lived on the lake for 40 years, said he heard sirens and saw flashing lights early Sunday morning as fire trucks sped to the boat launch near his driveway. 

"I said, 'Uh-oh, somebody went through the ice and hopefully they got out," Linton recalled. 

He said about a year ago an ATV went through the ice at the same spot.

"There's a current there and it's wet there because the ice is thin," he said. "So you know it's soft and you stay the heck away because you know it's bad because there's not a lot of ice there." 

On Monday, a caution light marked the spot where another vehicle's wheel had broken through the ice, not far from a cluster of ice fishing huts.

Fluctuating temperatures have made the ice especially dangerous, Linton said.

"Check the ice, drill to make sure there's enough ice,"  he advised. "Talk to the locals and make sure they can give you information about where to go and not to go." 

Bird said it's common to see vehicles go through the ice of lakes in Lanark County, but fatalities are rare.

"The integrity of the ice can change, and it can change very swiftly," he said.

This article was originally published on CBC.ca

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