On Monday, November 26, 2018 members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) recovered the body of a missing man from Sand Lake, near Westport.
Officers of the Rideau Lakes Detachment began searching for Scott MCPHERSON, aged 33, November 24, 2018 when he was reported missing while snowmobiling in the area.
The OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), the OPP Snowmobile ATV Vessel Enforcement Team (SAVE), Rideau Lakes Fire Service with ATV support, and the OPP Unmanned Aerial Support (UAS) participated in the search.
The OPP urges everyone to stay off the ice, whether snowmobiling or on foot.
No ice is “safe ice”. Underlying water currents or air pockets can create thin ice, even in the coldest temperatures. Snowmobilers can’t see this until it’s too late. If it can’t be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand, wear a floater suit, carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always be prepared and travel with safety equipment in the event of an emergency.