Updated: Man dies after truck breaks through ice
A 57-year-old man is dead after a truck went through the ice on Bushwolf Lake, near Eagle Lake in Dysart et al, last Saturday.
Haliburton Highlands OPP reported Larry Bagg was plowing a track on the ice for recreational purposes when the truck broke through the ice. The lone occupant was still in the submerged pickup truck when first responders arrived just after 4 p.m. on Dec. 14.
He was recovered from the truck by Algonquin Highlands Fire Department – Ice Rescue with assistance from Dysart et al fire department, and taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Constable Sean Hawley with Haliburton Highlands OPP told the Echo OPP stresses it is early in the season to be out on the ice, and that “no ice is safe ice.”
A post mortem has been ordered by the coroner, police said on Tuesday.
Algonquin Highlands Mayor Carol Moffatt posted a statement on social media on Dec. 15, noting that firefighters from Station 80 in Stanhope responded to the accident and that, “during the course of that call one of our firetrucks, with four firefighters on board, experienced difficulties in the challenging weather conditions, slid off the road and rolled over.”
Moffatt said all four firefighters were attended to at hospital.
“One firefighter required further treatment and is resting at home,” she wrote. “No one else was seriously injured.”
Moffatt thanked volunteer firefighters, calling them “one of our greatest assets,” and responded to news of the death by saying “Our thoughts are with the family of the man who perished in the initial ice and water call; calls like these are heart-breaking and affect a wide range of folks and families in a small community.”
Haliburton Highlands OPP reported the man was ploughing a track on the ice for recreational purposes when the truck broke through the ice. The lone occupant was still in the submerged pickup truck when first responders arrived just after 4 p.m. on Dec. 14.
*Updated on Dec. 17 to include the name of the deceased.