January 30, 2016 12:24 pm
Updated: January 30, 2016 1:30 pm

Three dead after separate snowmobile crashes in Ontario

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Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press/File

Ontario Provincial Police say three people have died in two separate snowmobile accidents in south-central Ontario.

Police in Georgian Bay Township say they received a report of a single-vehicle collision in an isolated spot on Go Home Lake early Saturday.

The ice on the lake was unstable, so provincial police called in a Canadian Armed Forces rescue crew to help in the search and rescue process.

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Two male riders of the snowmobile were located and airlifted to a Parry Sound hospital, where they were both pronounced dead. Their names will be released after the families are notified.

Several hours earlier, on Friday evening, police in Haliburton County say they received a report that a snowmobile went through the waters of Dark Lake in Highlands East Township.

They say they found the body of Thomas Rivers, 53, after several hours of searching. The three other snowmobilers were located earlier.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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