Jan 19th – The search for a snowmobiler on Sparrow Lake near Gravenhurst has been called off. Neither a sled or a sledder found. OPP Sgt. Peter Leon says locals called police Saturday saying they thought they saw a sledder turn into open water.
Police, Fire, and Search & Rescue officials had been searching since, to no avail.
Jan 16th – A search is expected to resume this morning for a missing snowmobiler on Sparrow Lake. Witnesses told police they saw a sledder turn toward open water at MacLaren Bay on Saturday night then disappear. Bracebridge OPP and the OPP Emergency Response Team along with the Gravenhurst Fire Department and the Orillia Fire Department conducted a weekend search of the area that could safely be accessed. Given the isolated location and unstable condition of the ice, the OPP contacted the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Rescue Coordination Centre which dispatched search and rescue resources including a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter and personnel to the scene.