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Body of missing snowmobilier recovered near Westport


CTV Ottawa

Published Sunday, November 25, 2018 11:57 AM EST

Last Updated Monday, November 26, 2018 12:42 PM EST

The body of a missing snowmobilier has been recovered from Sand Lake near Westport.

Ontario Provincial Police say 33-year-old Scott McPherson was last seen around 7 p.m. Friday. I was snowmobiling in the Westporo area, north of Kingston, when he was last seen.

Police say his body was recovered Monday morning.

A number of resources had been called for the search including the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, the Snowmobile ATV Vessel Enforcement Team and the Emergency Response Team. McPherson is an avid outdoorsman, and known to snowmobile in the area on lakes including the north shore of Westport's Sand Lake where crews searched the water looking for McPherson and his snowmachine.

Friends say he was going to skip on the water; a sport in which snowmobilers hydroplane their machines across lakes or rivers. The water family fear that I probably drowned in.

Police say with thin, melting ice covering Sand Lake, nobody should be taking risks out on the water no matter how experienced they are.

"I hope people would not do that, it's not worth the chance, it's not worth the risk. If it's not safe, do not do it. If you're going out at 7 o'clock at night, it's dark. You have to know your area, you have to know the terrain. If you're heading out to the ice, on the water, you've got to know that also make sure it's safe. " said Constable Sandra Barr of Leeds County OPP.

Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 613-345-1790 or 1-888-310-1122.

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