1 dead and 5 missing after snowmobilers fall into Lac Saint-Jean

Jan 22 2020, 6:17 am

One man is dead and five others are missing after a group of snowmobilers plunged through the ice on Lac Saint-Jean.

Emergency crews and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ)  were called lakeside on Tuesday night, just after 7:30 pm, between the borders of Alma and Saint-Henri-de-Taillon after a group of nine French tourists were travelling the region.

According to the SQ, the tourists were travelling with a guide when they attempted to cross the icy lake before it gave in beneath them.

The SQ says three group members managed to help each other out of the water before calling for help.

Emergency crews transported the 42-year-old travel guide to the hospital who died on Wednesday morning.

The Sûreté du Québec’s diving team and helicopters arrived on site, about 70 km outside of Saguenay on Wednesday morning, to assist in the search for the five other missing group members.