Newfoundland wildlife officer falls through ice, presumed drowned: RCMP

HAWKES BAY, N.L. – RCMP say they are looking for the body of a wildlife officer in Newfoundland and Labrador after the man plunged through ice on Thursday while on patrol.

Sgt. Marc Coulombe says three officers were riding snowmobiles on ice south of Hawke’s Bay on the Northern Peninsula when the accident happened.

Coulombe says two of the officers managed to crawl out of the ice.

They then attempted unsuccessfully to locate the third officer.

The RCMP says the search continued through the night.

Justice Minister Darin King offered his condolences to the family, saying he was deeply saddened to hear of the death.

“He was one of our longest serving officers with the fish and wildlife division on the Northern Peninsula,” he said. “He will be dearly missed.”