RCMP stress ice safety following disappearance of Nahanni Butte man
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The search for a Nahanni Butte man who fell through the ice on the Liard River over the weekend is being held up by dangerous ice conditions and the message from authorities is not to take risks at this time of year when it comes to ice.
RCMP Sergeant Wes Heron said warm temperatures and ice conditions are hampering the search.
"It's just too dangerous to ask people to go out onto the ice or to even suggest that."
Heron said the group of three was attempting to cross the river, possibly to access their vehicle, when they fell through the ice.
Two people made it back to shore but one man remains unaccounted for.
Department of Transportation spokesperson Earl Blacklock said at this time of the year there are always people who test the ice in a bad way.
"By walking on it or snowmobiling on it, this is just not the right time of the year to be taking risks with ice."
Blacklock said the few DOT ice crossings that are still open are the only places it's safe to go out at this time of year.
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