Snowmobile incidents leave 3 dead in Ontario's cottage country

Ontario Provincial Police say three people are dead after separate snowmobile incidents forced authorities to call in search and rescue teams, including one from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Unstable ice forces OPP to call in Canadian Armed Forces rescue team

Search and rescue teams responded to two separate snowmobile incidents in Muskoka and Haliburton areas of Ontario over the past 24 hours. (Hannah Potes/Billings Gazette)

Ontario Provincial Police say three people have died in two separate snowmobile accidents in south-central Ontario.

Police in Georgian Bay Township say they received a report of a single-vehicle collision early Saturday in an isolated spot on Go Home Lake, which is located 193 kilometres north of Toronto. 

The ice on the lake was unstable, so provincial police called in a Canadian Armed Forces rescue crew to help in the search and rescue process.

Two male riders of the snowmobile were located and airlifted to a hospital in Parry Sound, Ont., where they were both pronounced dead. Police have identified them as 25-year-old James Bates of Milton, Ont., and 22-year-old Jeffery Dunlop of Pickering, Ont.

Several hours earlier, on Friday evening, police in Haliburton County say they received a report that a snowmobile went through the waters of Dark Lake in Highlands East Township, which is located 246 kilometres northeast of Toronto.

Authorities say they found the body of Thomas Rivers, 53, after several hours of searching. The three other snowmobilers were located earlier.

Two male snowmobile riders on Go Home Lake were located Saturday and airlifted to a hospital in Parry Sound, Ont., where they were both pronounced dead. (Google)

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