RCMP divers find body of snowmobiler missing in Black River Lake

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on February 19, 2016

BLACK RIVER- The body of a 26-year-old New Ross man who went missing when his snowmobile plunged into Black River Lake Feb. 13 has been found.

Divers with the RCMP’s underwater recovery team made the discovery Feb. 19 around 11:20 a.m., an RCMP spokeswoman said in a media release.

Dive teams “located the body close to where the snowmobile went through the ice,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said. “The death is not considered suspicious and the investigation is ongoing.”

The man was reported missing after several snowmobiles in a group of about 12 broke through the ice while travelling on the lake shortly before 10 p.m. Feb. 13.

Police did not release the name of the man who died, but relatives have identified him as Will Lapensee.

Eyewitnesses told KingsCountyNews.ca neighbours and fellow snowmobilers rescued the other people who fell into the icy water.

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, Canning and Kentville were called to the scene.

Searchers continued to look for the man, except when ice conditions were too soft for the dive team to work on the lake.