Body of missing snowmobiler recovered

Scott McPherson

The body of missing man, Scott McPherson, 33, was recovered this morning in Westport, according to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit recovered the body of the missing man from Sand Lake, near Westport, on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Officers from the Rideau Lakes Detachment of the OPP began searching for McPherson on Saturday, Nov. 24, 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 would like to urge 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,” the OPP said in a press release.

“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.”

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