A dangerous time of year

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Searchers were out on the Northern Peninsula this week looking for what they expect to end up being the body of a missing snowmobiler.

If there is any fortunate side to the tragedy, this appears to be a rarer task than it used to be, but any deaths caused by snowmobiles falling through ice remains too many — and they’re avoidable.

Water is always a danger for riders, but spring is deadly in this province.

It’s April and the days are getting longer and temperatures are rising.

Not only do these changes make it better for snowmobiling, it also bring with it melting ice on bodies of water.

Related: Search for missing Roddickton snowmobiler now a recovery effort

This has also been a long and unusually cold winter so ice cover has become thick, but that can change quickly.

The loss of ice can be tricky at best and snowmobilers have to become even more diligent when crossing frozen ponds and lakes.

The ice may look safe and able to bear up a machine and rider, but what can’t be see could be deadly.

The ice cover can be eating out and weakening from below where the changes can’t be seen without some detective work by snowmobilers.

It’s more important than ever to physically check the thickness of ice and heed the results.

Or better yet, avoid water of any kind when out on snowmobile.

This tragedy is more than enough for this spring.

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