Bracebridge OPP along with Gravenhurst Fire Department and Muskoka Paramedic Services responded to a snowmobile incident on Lake Muskoka this morning, March 4, 2019, OPP say shortly after midnight during which three snowmobiles and the five people riding them went through the ice and into the water.
Three people, a 31-year-old Bracebridge man, a 37-year-old Gravenhurst man and a 14 year-old Gravenhurst youth, were able to get themselves to shore however, it required the efforts of the attending emergency services personnel to retrieve the remaining two people, an 11-year-old Bracebridge youth and 15-year-old Gravenhurst youth. They were transported to hospital but unfortunately lifesaving efforts on those two young people were unsuccessful.
The OPP Underwater Search and Recover Unit, OPP Aviation support and Technical Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting in this ongoing investigation in co-ordination with the office of the Chief coroner.
Anyone with information is asked to please call Bracebridge OPP at (888)310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.
The names have not been released.