First responders rescue three after ice shelf separates from land in Bay of Quinte

Photo via OPP

Earlier this week, the Lennox and Addington (L&A) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), alongside Tyendinaga Police and the Tyendinaga Fire Department and Paramedic Services responded to a dangerous situation involving people venturing onto unsafe ice.

According to a release from the OPP, the incident took place shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. Police said three people were out on the ice of the Bay of Quinte, just off shore from Snookies Road, south of Shannonville. The ice they were on reportedly separated from shore, leaving them no way to get back.

The OPP said they were alerted when one of the three called in reporting that they were stranded on only an inch of ice floating away.

“The strong winds blew the people on the ice to the east where they were eventually blown into shore at Beach Road,” OPP reported.

“There have been several recent incidents across eastern Ontario involving people falling through the ice, including one which tragically resulted in the deaths of two people.”

In the release, the OPP stressed that “no ice is safe ice.”

“The winter weather has not been typical and ice conditions have been unpredictable and inconsistent,” OPP expressed, noting that ice is greatly affected by weather, as well as other factors including:

  • Water depth and size of body of water
  • Currents and other moving water
  • Logs, rocks, and shoals absorbing heat from the sun
  • Changing air temperature

“Ice does not form at uniform thickness on a body of water. It may look safe, but may not be thick, strong or stable enough to support a person’s weight,” police explained.

“This week’s mild weather will

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