SCUGOG: The Scugog Fire Department and DRPS are asking residents to consider their safety around Lake Scugog, after a North York man drowned this past weekend.
The 61-year-old man, an ice fisherman from North York who owned a weekend cottage on Lake Scugog, drowned at approximately 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning, Jan. 4, after falling through a section of weak ice.
Durham Regional Police received a call from a homeowner on Platten Blvd. who saw a fisherman fall through the ice. The fisherman was dragging a pop-up tent on a sled back to shore when he fell through the ice, approximately 250 metres from the shore.
According to Scugog Fire Chief Richard Miller, “The Fire Department’s water rescue team was called in to perform a rescue operation, which turned into a recovery,” said Chief Miller. “The DRPS on-scene contacted the York Regional Police dive team, and the body was recovered from the water later in the afternoon.”
Police officers confirmed the identity of the male as a 61-year-old North York man, but have yet to release his name. His next of kin were notified and an autopsy will be scheduled.
“This was a tragedy, and my heart goes out to the victim’s family - this shows that people need to take care when going out onto the lake,” said Chief Miller.
The DRPS would like to thank the Scugog Fire Department and York Regional Police for their assistance in this incident. The DRPS and Scugog Township Fire Department also want to warn outdoor enthusiasts and fishermen to be very careful of local ice conditions before venturing onto lakes, rivers and ponds.
“No ice is safe ice, people have to use common sense and pay attention to the weather,” said Chief Miller. “Even though ice fishing season is open, we need a couple weeks of very cold weather to freeze the proper depth of ice.”
The Standard Newspaper would like to remind all readers who are considering a venture onto Lake Scugog to safely test the thickness and strength of the ice, to use a buddy system if possible, and to inform others of your plans and whereabouts.