(WAWA, ON) – On January 8, 2021, at approximately 9:40 p.m., members of the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the report of an overdue snowmobiler in the area of Manitowik Lake near Wawa.
OPP officers and a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Conservation Officer attended the last known location of the missing person. Attempts were made to locate the person utilizing snowmobiles but were unsuccessful.
On the morning of January 9, 2021, an aerial search of the area was conducted utilizing local resources. Officers observed a single snowmobile track going off of the frozen lake surface onto a vast expanse of open water. While searching the area, officers noticed a set of tracks and a helmet on the ice over a kilometer away from where the sled initially went onto the open water.
While following the tracks, officers observed a large plume of smoke coming from the shoreline. As they approached, they observed the missing person standing outside a cabin waving to them. The letters “SOS” (written in coffee grounds) were also observed in the snow.
The individual was extracted and transported to hospital. They were treated for non-life threatening injuries and later released.