Ice fishing accident: Calgary man drowns in southern Alberta

CTVnews reports: CALGARY — A 59-year-old Calgary man died Sunday after falling through the ice while fishing in Little Bow Provincial Park.

According to RCMP, emergency crews from Lomond and Champion were dispatched to the area at around 1 p.m. on Sunday for reports two males had fallen through the ice while fishing.

The two were fishing together when one went through the ice. When his partner tried to rescue him, he fell through the ice as well.

A third man fishing nearby threw them a rope and managed to pull one fisherman from the icy water, but they were unable to reach the second man who had fallen in.

The man was rescued from the water by the Champion Fire Department and brought to shore where paramedics tried to revive him.

“The male was transported to a local hospital but he did not survive the incident,” RCMP said in a news release.

Little Bow Provincial Park is located 170 kilometers southeast of Calgary.

Source: CTVnews

One Reply to “Ice fishing accident: Calgary man drowns in southern Alberta”

  1. Ongoing tragedies such as we have here, are an all too common sight every winter. Complacency, being unaware of your surroundings along with ignoring ice and weather conditions are a recipe for disaster. Any loss of life need not occur.

    Accidents do not happen, they are caused. The main culprit : Not understanding or otherwise ignoring the natural physical characteristics of The Little Bow Reservoir. IT IS NOT A LAKE !
    http://albertalakes.ualberta.ca/?page=lake&region=4&lake=119

    A thorough study of the Basin Characteristics, Water Quality and Biodiversity should always be included in your plans when fishing these types of waters courses. The changing water levels and prevailing winds which cause pressure cracks to form, also require your constant monitoring.

    Remember, there is a dramatic difference between a naturally formed lake and a man made reservoir. Treat them both as if your life depends on it….and it will!

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