A 23-year-old ice angler from Belleville is dead after breaking through the ice on the Bay of Quinte on Saturday, Jan. 9.
Prince Edward County OPP officers were called shortly after 5 p.m. to a report of the man going through the ice near Point Anne. First responders from Prince Edward County, Belleville, and Trenton were initially unable to locate the victim.
The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit recovered the man’s body the next day. The investigation into the mishap continues.
The OPP is asking anglers to stay off the ice in that area until conditions improve substantially in order to reduce risk to themselves and first responders. On Monday, Jan. 11, they noted that most of the ice in that area was not yet thick enough to support a person, due to erratic winter temperatures.
They also recommend that anglers consider wearing survival suits and asked those venturing onto the ice to exercise caution and carry safety equipment such as ice picks (to pull yourself out of the water) and rescue rope.