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Search called off for missing Ontario child who fell through ice on Lake Erie

Last Updated Feb 16, 2020 at 8:42 am PDT

Ontario Provincial Police cruiser. (FILE/CITYNEWS)

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) — Ontario police say the search for a missing 9-year-old boy on Lake Erie near Toronto is now a recovery operation.

Police were called to an area of the lake near Peacock Point, which is south of Hamilton, late Saturday afternoon amid reports that as many as two children had fallen through the ice.

One of the children, a young girl, was found and saved. The other child, the girl’s brother, did not resurface.

The Ontario Provincial Police helicopter and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton were brought in to help search for the missing boy, however, late Saturday night police indicated that the rescue effort had been called off and that recovery efforts would resume Sunday morning.

The OPP is urging caution for outdoor enthusiasts against walking or driving snowmobiles on ice along the shores of Lake Simcoe and cottage country.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the flux in temperatures means lake surfaces are simply not safe.

“Lake Simcoe is typically very active with enthusiasts, snow mobiles, ice fisherman, recreational activities on this weekend and many weekends throughout the winter,” he said adding that those playing near the lake should take precautions, such as wearing warm clothing in bright colors to prevent hypothermia and to be more easily seen by others.