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Body of man who fell through ice recovered from Bay of Quinte

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UPDATE: The body of a 23-year-old man from Belleville was located and recovered from the Bay of Quinte.

Prince Edward County OPP and the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit are are continuing a search for a person believed to have fallen through the ice on the Bay of Quinte in the area of Point Anne.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 shortly after 5 p.m. members officers responded to the report with emergency services from both Prince Edward County, Belleville and Trenton.

Constable Aaron Miller noted the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) would continue the search Sunday.

“While the ice may look tempting for ice fishing or oth er activities, please make the safe decision to stay off. The temperatures have been erratic this winter and most ice is not thick enough to safely support people. Don’t put your own life, and the lives of first responders at risk.”

For those who do venture out, proper use of safety equipment can reduce the risks of traveling over ice covered bodies of water. Possibilities include: wearing of survival suits, carrying picks (used to grip ice to pull yourself out of the water) and carrying a rescue rope.

For further information on ice safety from the Royal Lifesaving Society, visit: http://www.lifesaving.ca/main.php?lang=english&cat=watersafety&sub=ice

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