A man is believed to have drowned after a heavy vehicle went through the ice in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T.

Residents spotted a hole in the ice on the harbour over the weekend. They confirmed to CBC News that a man from the community is missing and presumed to have died.

They believe he was driving a type of construction vehicle when it crashed through the ice.

RCMP said there was a set of vehicle marks leading to the hole in the ice.

Police said the tracks resembled those of a snow cat, a type of vehicle that is designed to travel on snow and has a set of tracks instead of wheels.

Police said they have not confirmed who owns the vehicle, or what kind of work it was doing.

The Workers Compensation Board in Yellowknife confirmed there was a fatality. They received a call Friday night and over the weekend, two officers travelled to the community to investigate whether safety precautions were being followed.

An RCMP dive team is preparing to search the harbour tonight and investigate what happened.

Cpl. Barry Ledoux said police hope to recover the body and will have more details about what happened after they examine the scene.

Sea ice has been at an all-time low this fall, breaking a record previously set in 2007. Environment Canada said it's been warmer than average in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. by several degrees.

The ice road connecting Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik, N.W.T. usually opens in late December.