The Hay River RCMP are investigating a sudden death in the area of Tathlina Lake, south of Kakisa.
“We want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. This tragic event reminds us all to be cautious when we go on the land, especially with the arrival of spring. Ice thickness on waterways can change rapidly, potentially causing dangerous situations”, Sergeant Brandon Humbke, Hay River RCMP Detachment Commander said.
According to an RCMP news release “At approximately 3:18 p.m, on Sunday, April 5th the Hay River RCMP received a call about a deceased man, in the area of Tathlina Lake. Hay River RCMP requested support from Fort Providence RCMP and attended the location by snowmobile.”
Police say when they arrived on the scene they found a deceased 79-year-old man.
“Evidence suggests that the man was standing on a frozen pond when the ice broke and he fell into the water,” The RCMP said. “The death is believed to be non-suspicious.”
The RCMP notified the NWT Office of the Chief Coroner and the investigation is ongoing with support from the Coroner’s office.