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Police recover body of missing Westport man

Scott McPherson was reported missing on November 24, while snowmobiling.
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Scott McPherson, 33, of Westport. Photo/ OPP

The body of a missing man from Sand Lake, near Westport, has been found.

It was recovered by the Ontario Provincial Police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, Monday.

Officers of the Rideau Lakes Detachment began searching for Scott McPherson, 33, on November 24, when he was reported missing while snowmobiling in the area. 

The OPP's Emergency Response Team, the OPP Snowmobile ATV Vessel Enforcement Team, Rideau Lakes Fire Service with ATV support, and the OPP Unmanned Aerial Support participated in the search.

The OPP urges everyone to stay off the ice, whether by snowmobiling or on foot. 

Police say no ice is "safe ice." Underlying water currents or air pockets can create thin ice, even in the coldest temperatures. Snowmobilers can't see this until it's too late. 

If it can't be avoided, check ice conditions beforehand, wear a floater suit, carry ice picks and make sure they are accessible. Always be prepared and travel with safety equipment in the event of an emergency.

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