Ottawa River search for ATV rider suspended

Quebec provincial police have suspended the search for an Ottawa-area man presumed drowned in the Ottawa River, citing dangerous conditions on the river.

Man, 50, presumed drowned after ATV fell through Ottawa River ice

Michel Hudon, 50, is presumed drowned after plunging through the ice on the Ottawa River Friday evening. (Facebook)

Quebec provincial police have suspended the search for an Ottawa-area man presumed drowned in the Ottawa River, citing dangerous conditions on the river.

Michel Hudon, 50, was aboard an all-terrain vehicle Friday evening with two others when the ice broke under them near Clarence-Rockland, just east of Ottawa.

A snowmobiler who was following the ATV rescued the other two people aboard who also fell through the ice. But he could not save Hudon.

The search for the man was started by Ontario Provincial Police on Saturday, but then transferred to Quebec police when it was discovered the accident happened on the Quebec side of the river.

Police had halted their search Saturday due to bad river conditions. The search was later resumed, but suspended again Monday when conditions deteriorated.