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The search for a missing snowmobiler from Roddickton has officially turned into a recovery effort, according to police.
Tom Newman was reportedly last seen in the area of Beaver Cove in the Chimney Bay area near Roddickton Saturday morning. He was operating a White Yamaha VK snowmobile.
An extensive two-day search effort — by Long Range Ground Search and Rescue Team with the support of the Canadian Rangers — of those areas of Roddickton and Englee uncovered only a snowmobile track that led to the ice edge. The search was aided by helicopter air support.
The searchers have been checking the local trail systems, cabins and shoreline in the area. They have also searched the ice, open water and high country. He could not be located.
There is indication that Newman may have gone over the edge of the ice, so the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s underwater recovery team has been dispatched to the area and will be commencing dive operations Tuesday morning.
After two days of extensive aerial and ground search for missing Roddickton resident Tom Newman, the RCMP is following up on its only lead, a snowmobile track that leads to the edge of the ice.
Newman was reportedly last seen in the area of Beaver Cove in the Chimney Bay area near Roddickton, Saturday morning. He was operating a White Yamaha VK snowmobile.
According to Corporal Mike Babstock the two-day aerial search was conducted over land and water.
“They covered the entire area where he was reported missing, but wasn’t able to pick up either sign,” he said.
Ground Search and Rescue, along with the Canadian Rangers, was tasked to searching all areas accessible by snowmobile, shorelines, trails, and cabins surrounding Chimney Bay.
“We’ve exhausted all the avenues of ground search that may have led to him being in the woods or a cabin, all of those things have been ruled out, so our strongest evidence right now is the snowmobile track that leads out to the water,” Babstock said.
RCMP divers have been called in to conduct an underwater search. The team is currently on route and expected to dive tomorrow.