SCUGOG/KAWARTHA: A 16-year-old girl has died after the snowmobile she was riding drove into open water on Lake Scugog on Thursday, Feb. 16th.
According to Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney, two snowmobiles were travelling along the ice near Viewlake, when the lead snowmobile hit open water, at about 10:20 p.m. According to the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the second pair of snowmobile riders were able to stop in time, and helped the male driver of the lead snowmobile get out of the water, but were unsuccessful in rescuing the female passenger.
Members of the Kawartha Lakes OPP, officers from the Durham Regional Police (DRPS), Kawartha Lakes Police, as well as the Scugog and Kawartha Lakes Fire Departments took part in the rescue operation. DRPS’s Air-1 helicopter was also called in to help locate the female passenger.
The victim, identified by police as Sarah Lumsden of Lindsay, was located a short while later, and was taken to Ross Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to an anonymous source, the victim was riding with her boyfriend when the incident took place. Police have not released the name of the driver. The incident occurred just off of Maple Crescent.
OPP Const. Sean Hawley wanted to caution people about being safe when going out on the ice.
“We are always cautioning snowmobile operators to be cognizant of the conditions and to never trust the ice,” he said.