… somebody and his snow machine goes through the ice on a not yet really frozen lake.
A Hawk Junction man is missing and presumed dead after his snowmachine went through the ice on Manitowik Lake late Thursday.
Family contacted Ontario Provincial Police when Daniel Boisseneau, 46, did not return home.
Boisseneau was riding alone on the lake, an estimated six kilometres east of Hawk Junction, said Sgt. Ken Evans of the OPP detachment in Chapleau.
Police and Michipicoten Fire and Emergency Services could not find Boisseneau.
Sgt. Evans said Manitowik Lake is not completely frozen over. There are still sections of open water.
“From being there (Friday), from talking to our officers that were there, it wouldn’t be deemed to be a time that we would be taking our machines on there,” he said.
“I don’t think, based on what they thought, other members of the public should be going on any kind of ice in that area.”
Heavy snowfall Friday delayed the Bracebridge-based OPP underwater search and recovery unit from heading north to Wawa. Hawk Junction is about 30 kilometres east of that community.
“They’re the only ones right now that can actually get into the water and conduct an intense search,” said Evans.
On Saturday, the recovery unit had to contend with “bottlenecked” traffic due to three major highways, 400, 11 and 69, being closed Friday.
Manitowik Lake varies in depth from 60 to 300 feet. “It does go quite deep,” said Evans.