fort alexander, manitoba

A 28-year-old man crashed into the Winnipeg River while ice fishing.

It happened after 7 p.m. on Sunday at Sagkeeng First Nation, according to RCMP.   Officers who arrived at the scene saw the man clinging to the ice approximately 100 meters from the shore. He was conscious but appeared to be slipping further into the water.

Two RCMP members put on floatation suits and used a borrowed canoe to make their way across the ice and open water to the man.

They passed a rope and life jacket to the man and pulled him into the canoe, then took him back to shore.

The man was then transported by ambulance to hospital where he is recovering.

Sagkeen First Nation, which used to be known as Fort Alexander, is located about 110 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.