Update: Lindsay teen, 16, dies after snowmobile...
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Feb 17, 2017  |  Vote 0    0

Update: Lindsay teen, 16, dies after snowmobile plunges into open water on Lake Scugog

Driver manages to escape water after accident northeast of View Lake

Port Perry Star

SCUGOG -- A teenaged girl from Lindsay has died after a snowmobile plunged into Lake Scugog on Thursday night.

The girl, 16, was a passenger on a snowmobile that was travelling along the ice northeast of View Lake when it hit open water and sunk into the frigid waters just before 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, say Ontario Provincial Police.

Police say that two snowmobiles, each with two passengers, were travelling along Lake Scugog when the lead machine drove into open water. The second snowmobile managed to stop in time, say police.

The riders on the second sled were able to help the male driver from the water but attempts to rescue the female passenger were unsucessful, say OPP.

The victim, identified as Sarah Lumsden, 16, of Lindsay, was located and retrieved by Kawartha Lakes firefighters about an hour after the sled went into the water. She was transported to Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay where she was pronounced dead, say police.

The rescue operation included officers from the Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment, Durham cops and the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service. The Scugog Fire Department also assisted.

The Durham police helicopter, Air-1, was also called to the scene to provide lighting assistance.

Rescue teams staged at a nearby boat launch. The snowmobile went into the water more than a couple hundred yards off-shore, said Scugog fire officials.

The incident took place off of Maple Crescent, in the northeast corner of Lake Scugog in the former area of Manvers Township, where the lake begins to turn into the Scugog River and meanders into Lindsay.

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By | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 12:18 PM
Terrible accident that happened close to my house. This lake feeezes over in that area well at times but then they decide to open the locks at Lindsay and left them open creating more current and less ice in these areas. Warnings should be posted in my opinion or leave the locks closed right up. Thoughts and prayers go out with this girls family.
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