2 Newfoundland men dead after snowmobile accident
Published Sunday, February 22, 2015 5:27PM EST
Two men have died following an apparent snowmobile accident on the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland over the weekend.
RCMP say the snowmobilers, ages 27 and 31, were reported missing just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning.
A local ground search-and-rescue team began looking for the men, focusing on the South West Arm area of the peninsula.
Tracks were located, suggesting a snowmobile had entered the open water, authorities said. Searchers later located the bodies of the men approximately two kilometres away.
The incident is still under investigation, but police say strong winds and whiteout conditions in the area may have been a contributing factor.
The ice in the area is also known to be unstable, police said.
The two men were both from Marystown, N.L., but police have not released their names.
The Burin Peninsula is located on the southern coast of Newfoundland.
On Sunday, a 25-year-old man was taken to hospital after a snowmobile accident on the Holland River in Georgina, Ont.
Early reports said the man suffered critical injuries to the upper body.
With files from NTV News’ Ross Tilly