Stuck snowmobiler in Lake of Bays prompts search and rescue, another sled crashes near Baysville


Friends call for help after Sledder stuck in snow near Bigwin Island

Posted Feb, 24m 12:40pm: When weather stopped friends from helping a Lake of Bays sledder stuck on Bigwin Island Friday night, they called for help.

Huntsville OPP report a 51-year-old Lake of Bays man had gone for a ride when he got stuck in deep snow. Friends were contacted to help, but weather conditions made it unable for them to lend a hand. Just after 7pm Friday night, Huntsville Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with Muskoka EMS and Lake of Bays Fire department were notified of the missing snowmobiler.

The OPP detachment snow machines, Lake of Bays Fire, and EMS attended Port Cunnington Road in preparation of starting a search. Just before 10pm, the man was found unhurt and he was taken home.

Huntsville OPP would like to remind avid snowmobilers to always check weather before heading out; to tell someone your planned route; and always carry a cell phone.

Sledder crashes into tree near Baysville, taken to hospital

The Friday rescue wasn’t the only time this weekend that EMS in the Lake of Bays area was called into action. On Saturday just before 10pm Lake of Bays Fire department, along with Muskoka EMS and Huntsville OPP were told of a snowmobile crashing into a tree on OFSC trail D close to Highway #117 in Baysville.

With the help of Lake of Bays Fire, the victim, a 51 year old man from Waterloo, was taken by rescue sled out to the ambulance where he was transported to a local hospital, and then by air ambulance to a Toronto Hospital.  The man suffered non-life threatening injuries.

2 thoughts on “Stuck snowmobiler in Lake of Bays prompts search and rescue, another sled crashes near Baysville”

  1. Too bad some, including mayor in Muskoka lakes, want to cut back on emergency services to save money. I could suggest a few other areas to cut first.

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