UPDATE: RCMP searching for body of wildlife officer who fell through the ice Thursday while on patrol

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Provincial minister says he's saddened over tragic incident

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Justice Minister Darin King has issued a statement regarding a tragic incident in the Hawke’s Bay region of the Northern Peninsula Thursday in which a wildlife officer fell through the ice while on patrol.

 “I was deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the death of one of our long-serving officers with the Fish and Wildlife Division on the Northern Peninsula. I offer my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues," the minister said. "He was a well-known and respected member of the community and he will be dearly missed. We are offering all the supports we have at our disposal in assisting those affected by what happened, including the other two officers who were on the scene at the time.

King said incidents like this "remind us that many of our employees carry out very important work on behalf of the province in roles that are inherently risky. The dedication shown by this individual over the years towards his duties is evidence of this."

Investigations into this incident are underway and King said the department will not be commenting further until they are completed.

... Earlier story ....

The Port Saunders RCMP is continuing a recovery operation for a missing fish and wildlife enforcement officer who is presumed dead he went through the ice while on patrol with two other officers about 3 p.m. Thursday on the Northern Peninsula.

Fire and Emergency Services NL and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre were involved in the search.

A helicopter from 103 Squadron in Gander flew to assist in the search. Air and ground searches were completed last night.

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Earlier story from The Canadian Press

HAWKES BAY, N.L. — RCMP say they are looking for the body of a Newfoundland and Labrador wildlife officer after the person plunged through the ice on Thursday while on patrol.

Sgt. Marc Coulombe says an initial rescue effort has shifted to an operation “to recover the deceased.”

He says the officer was walking on ice with two other officers south of Hawke’s Bay on the Northern Peninsula when the incident occurred.

He says two of the officers managed to crawl out of the ice and then attempted unsuccessfully to locate the third.

Coulombe says that RCMP and wildlife employees continued the search through the night.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Northern Peninsula

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  • Augustine Anscombe
    February 23, 2013 - 10:56

    we are so saddened to hear of Howards passing. he was a great person & always did a fine job looking after our wildlife my deepest condolence to his family co-workers and friends he will be missed by all who knew him RIP my friend

  • Duffy
    February 22, 2013 - 14:34

    Hopefully they were trained and supplied with the appropriate gear. God Bless and we often forget to thank them for what they do in enforcing our Wildlife Laws.

  • Carmel
    February 22, 2013 - 12:55

    I pray that this man's body is recovered. How extremely sad. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and co-workers God bless you always, but especially at this very, very difficult time.

  • TASH
    February 22, 2013 - 12:43

    You will be greatly missed by so many. Love you RIP cousin!

  • Gerri
    February 22, 2013 - 10:32

    What kind of training do the wildlife officers receive with respect to adventuring onto ice? Are the officers provided with proper instruments, ie auger, in order to perform their duties in the safest manner possible? This is such a tradgedy and my heartfelt sympathies go out to the family of this man.

  • Alex
    February 22, 2013 - 08:41

    Are they issued survival suits for their work ? I presume they are but in these days of fiscal restraint you never know. Disgraceful if they aren't. Can someone tell me if they are ?