Search continues for missing snowmobiler at Black River Lake

Wendy Elliott
Published on February 14, 2016
Wolfville volunteer fire fighters were called out Feb. 13 just after 10 p.m. to Black River Lake for a rescue.
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BLACK RIVER LAKE - Kings District RCMP is continuing to search Feb. 15 with the underwater recovery team for a missing snowmobiler at Black River Lake.

Two riders were rescued from the lake Feb. 13, but one snowmobiler, a 26-year-old New Ross man has not been located. The search continued Feb. 14.

At approximately 9:55 p.m. Feb. 13, RCMP received a 911 call and learned a group of snowmobilers had fallen through the ice while crossing Black River Lake. On arrival it was determined three snowmobiles with their riders had gone through the ice.

RCMP indicated the trio that went into the lake were part of a larger group of 10 to 12 snowmobiles. Several individuals from the area nearby came out and assisted in the search as well, said Const. Tammy Lobb.     

The two drivers who were rescued were taken to hospital. No information is available on their condition. 

"I'm told that this incident occurred in an area of the lake that narrows and there is a current in that location," Lobb said. "Most snowmobilers tend to go around this particular area, but it appears this group did not last night."

Several emergency responders assisted in the search and rescue including: fire departments from Wolfville, New Minas, Canning, Greenwich and Kentville, along with Emergency Health Services Paramedics, Valley Ground Search and Rescue and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre's Cormorant helicopter.

Wolfville Fire Chief Todd Crowell said that the county’s coldwater rescue team was involved.

The Wolfville department stood down at 2:30 a.m. The temperature at the time of the fire call was minus 12 C.