The search for an overdue snowmobiler in Nelson House, Manitoba has ended in tragedy.
RCMP located the body of David MacDonald, 51, on Sunday.
UPDATED: Sunday, December 4 — The body of David MacDonald has been recovered from the lake.
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A search has been launched for an overdue snowmobiler who may have fallen through the ice in Nelson House, Manitoba.
RCMP say the 51-year-old man was reported as being overdue on Thursday night.
A 40-year-old Winnipeg man was injured over the weekend and another killed when they were caught up in an avalanche near Golden, B.C.
The two men were snowmobiling at the time with two others when the avalanche struck the four riders in the Quartz Creek area west of the community. Two other men were uninjured.
Golden and District Search and Rescue flew into the area by helicopter after police were notified just after 12 p.m. MT that an emergency GPS beacon had been activated.
With the fresh snow on the ground across southern Manitoba, snowmobilers are being warned to watch for low-hanging power lines.
Joe Thievin with Manitoba Hydro says ice-loading is causing some lines to sag, creating a risk for snowmobilers.
Snowmobilers who spot ice-laden lines or electrical equipment should report it the public utility by calling 1-888-MBHYDRO (1-888-624-9376).
Manitoba Snowmobilers will be a little more colourfully-lit this riding season with the addition of a new orange licence plate.
The plate replaces the existing “Snopass” sticker, and makes it easier for conservation officers and other enforcement officials to identify snowmobilers.
Only riders who purchased a Snopass can ride on Snoman’s groomed snowmobile trail system. Riders operating their snowmobiles on a Snoman trail without one could receive a ticket of nearly $500.
A 25-year-old Dauphin man was injured early Monday after colliding his snowmobile with an unoccupied car.
RCMP say the crash happened at around 3:15 a.m. about one kilometre north of Dauphin along PR 362.
The man was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
RCMP are continuing to investigate.
Manitoba snowmobile enthusiasts will soon see improvements and expansions to trails throughout the province.
The provincial and federal governments have partnered with Snowman (Snomobilers of Manitoba) to provide $366,080 to increase trail safety, clearing, widening and twinning in high-traffic areas, including the posting of new signage.
Alcohol is considered a factor in a snowmobile crash that injured one man in the RM of Stanley on Friday.
RCMP say the crash happened at around 5:30 p.m. near an area roughly five kilometres west of Highway 3.
A 23-year-old Carman man operating the snowmobile was arrested for impaired driving. His 25-year-old passenger, also from Carman, was taken to hospital with unknown injuries.
The driver will appear in court at a later date.
A 27-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday after her snowmobile hit a dock on God’s Lake.
RCMP responded at around 2:30 p.m. and say alcohol is considered a factor in the crash. The woman wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time.
No one other people were involved and the victim’s name isn’t being released.
Police continue to investigate.
By Sarah Klein
Two snowmobilers were rescued on Monday after becoming stuck on George Lake, northwest of Lac du Bonnet.
Manitoba RCMP responded just before 9:30 a.m., where they say a 38-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were stranded in several feet of slush and unable to free themselves.
A helicopter was chartered and the pair was rescued with help from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.