UPDATE - ATV trip over river ice ends in disaster

Powerview Manitoba, man's body recovered

A man's body has been recovered after a search of the Winnipeg River. 

On March 18, at 1:00 a.m., Powerview RCMP received a report of an ATV attempting to cross the Winnipeg River followed by calls for help.

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Officers immediately attended to the area and as they approached the river from an address located on Penelope Close, in the RM of Alexander, they could hear the calls for help from a man who was in the water and hanging onto the ice.


The officers, along with a volunteer firefighter who resided close by, grabbed a life jacket and several rescue ropes and walked out onto the ice. As they attempted to reach the man, he began to struggle in the water where he then went under and did not resurface.


The 42-year-old man from the RM of Alexander was presumed drowned.


It was learned that two men, each one on an ATV, were attempting to cross the river when both machines broke through the thin layer of ice. One of the ATV operators, a 37-year-old man from Great Falls, was able to pull himself out of the water. He was taken to a nearby residence where he was treated by EMS for hypothermia.


Powerview RCMP along with assistance from the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) continued to investigate

UDPATE – Body of missing 42-year-old male recovered from Winnipeg River  

On March 20, the Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team (HEART), along with family members, attended to the Winnipeg River and retrieved the body of the 42-year-old male who drowned after his ATV went through the ice while attempting to cross the river on March 18.

The RCMP works in close partnership with HEART and would like to thank them for their commitment to the family and our community.



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