The N.W.T. Coroner's Office has identified a man who died after his vehicle went through the ice near Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., on Friday.

Ronald Carothers, 69, was about 100 metres from shore when his Bombardier BR180 snow cat broke through the ice. The water at the spot was eight metres deep.

Carothers was the only occupant in the vehicle.

Soura Rosen, deputy chief coroner for the N.W.T., said Carothers had been working in the North for the last 30 years.

The RCMP said commercial divers assisted with the investigation and located the man’s body near the vehicle. The man's body is being sent out for an autopsy. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

The RCMP said plans are in place to recover the vehicle once the ice becomes safe.

The Coroner's Office, the RCMP and the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission are all investigating. The RCMP said foul play is not suspected.