Search for man missing in Black River Lake suspended

RCMP dive team plans to return to Black River Lake Feb. 18

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on February 17, 2016

RCMP divers were searching Black River Lake in rural Kings County throughout the day Feb. 15. A 26-year-old New Ross man broke through the ice on the lake the evening of Feb. 13 and has not been located.

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BLACK RIVER - The search for a 26-year-old New Ross man last seen when his snowmobile broke through ice on Black River Lake Feb. 13 could resume tomorrow.

Kings District RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelli Gaudet said the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team visited the remote search location Feb. 16, but divers were unable to go in the water due to the warm weather conditions.

“The ice was too soft,” she said. “They were on scene but did not end up searching.”

The dive team was able to conduct searches throughout the day Feb. 15.

It’s possible divers will be back in the water Feb. 18, Gaudet said.

“They are planning to dive again tomorrow.”

Several snowmobilers went through the ice shortly before 10 p.m. Feb. 13. Fellow snowmobilers and cottage owners near the lake helped with the rescue efforts in the minutes that followed.

Kings District RCMP, Emergency Health Services paramedics, Valley Ground Search and Rescue, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre’s Cormorant helicopter and firefighters from Wolfville, New Minas and Kentville also rushed to the scene to help with the search for the man from New Ross.