Man dies after ice boat accident on Bay of Quinte

An Ameliasburgh man is dead after the ice boat he was piloting allegedly hit a pressure crack on the Bay of Quinte near County Rd. 3 on Tuesday afternoon.

On Jan. 15 around 3:40 p.m. Prince Edward OPP responded to a report of an ice boat collision and, upon arrival, Prince Edward Fire and EMS were on scene working on a male who was brought to shore by local residents who witnessed the event.

One witness told police they observed an ice boat on the Bay and it appeared to have struck a pressure crack, causing the front blade to jam, stopping the boat immediately.

The witness put on a floater suit and proceeded out on the ice to help.

CPR was started and, with the help of other witnesses, the pilot of the ice boat was brought to shore where paramedics took over.

As a result of the collision, a 78-year-old male from Ameliasburgh died.

A post mortem will be conducted by the coroner to verify the cause of death and the incident is not considered suspicious.

With this being the second ice incident within three days, Prince Edward OPP are reminding everyone that with the recent fluctuating temperatures, ice can vary in thickness and strength from area to area.

A pair of ice anglers broke through the ice near a pressure crack at the east end of Big Island on Sunday.

Both individuals were reportedly pulled to safety by a nearby resident and did not require immediate medical attention.

Police ask everyone carefully observe ice and snow conditions before venturing on frozen waterways.