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Beware of thin ice

Gypsumville RCMP respond to overdue fisherman on Lake Manitoba

On Nov. 13, at 9:15 p.m., Gypsumville RCMP received a report of a 70-year-old man having gone out ice fishing near Fairford earlier in the morning. He failed to return home.

His pickup truck was found near Cook Road, located west of Highway 6, in Fairford, where a local search party began their search.

The search party departed by snowmobile out onto the lake to an area believed most likely to be where the 70-year-old would fish from. After a short ride out, they observed footwear protruding out from the ice.

The search party approached closer by foot, due to the thinning ice. They located and recovered the body of the 70-year-old male who was pronounced deceased. No criminality is suspected in his death.

Gypsumville RCMP continue to investigate.

Many factors, including a late fall and up and down temperatures, influence ice depth and strength.

Gypsumville is a community in Manitoba, Canada. It is 242 kilometres north-northwest of Winnipeg in the Interlake Region of Manitoba on the north bank of Lake St. Martin in the Rural Municipality of Grahamdale. There are 285 people living in and 175 housing units within the community. (Wikipedia)

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