A group of snowmobilers plunged through the ice on Quebec's Lac Saint-Jean on Tuesday evening. Five people are mising and at least one was confirmed dead.
Three others were treated for hypothermia. They were driving across the snow-covered channel when the ice gave way beneath them. Their tour guide, a man aged 42, was rescued by firefighters from Alma and died at the hospital. They were tourists from France. An intensive search was performing during the last night by rescue teams including Canadian Armed Forces. The death toll is expected to increase due to low temperature of the water and ambient. Sûreté du Québec Sgt. Hugues Beaulieu said the group deviated from the marked snowmobile paths which are inspected daily. It was an area known for having critically thin ice because of the current.
Snowmobiling is a very popular activity in Quebec for residents and tourists. However, there are rules to apply and accidents happen. In total, 104 people in Quebec have died while snowmobiling since 2015. "No one understands why they would go there," Saint-Henri-de-Taillon mayor André Paradis said.