Local man loses life in tragedy

(FORT FRANCES, ON) – A community and family are in mourning after a tragic accident on Lake Despair. Shortly before 11:00 pm on March 18, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that had broken through the ice on Lake Despair. The operator of the ATV was located by members of the public.

Members of the Northwest Region Emergency Response Team (NWR-ERT) recovered of the man.

The coroner has ordered a post-mortem examination.

With the temperature rapidly increasing, ice conditions are quickly deteriorating. The OPP is urging members of the public to use extreme caution if they decide to utilize frozen waterways. The OPP is recommending that members of the public strongly consider if the activity is absolutely necessary.