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Community mourns loss of two men


The community of Marystown is in mourning after a tragic weekend accident claimed the lives of two people from the town.

Jonathan Shea, 27, and Matthew Slaney, 31, died in a snowmobile accident early Saturday morning.

"Individually we grieve with the families and as a community," said Marystown Mayor Sam Synard.

Synard expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the two men who lost their lives in the frigid waters of Creston Inlet.

“(It is a) terrible tragedy, the loss of two lives, of two young men who were (just) starting their lives in many ways,” he said.

Synard knew the young men from his time working in the local school system.

"(They were) good, responsible young men who had a great future ahead of them."

EARLY MORNING CALL

Around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, Marystown RCMP received a report that two men had failed to return from an overnight snowmobiling trip.

The Burin Peninsula Ground Search and Rescue team was called in to conduct a search of South West Arm, commonly known to residents of the area as the Sou' West.

Synard, a snowmobile enthusiast himself, said it is a common route for snowmobilers in the area, drawn in part by the large number of cabins there.

"The Nor' West and the Sou' West is sort of the gateway to both Fresh Pond and Garnish Pond."

Search crews discovered tracks ending at an area of open water in the middle of the South West Arm.

"It is an area, of course, that has a lot of tidal action," he said. "The whole Creston Inlet is filled with tide all the time - it just rushes in and out, so the ice is always suspect in that area."

The bodies of the two men were discovered late afternoon Saturday two kilometres away.

TRAGIC HISTORY

The body of water has claimed the lives of others in the past. Synard said that 10 years ago he lost a friend in a similar manner.

"He went through the ice in a very similar location."

He added that over the years there have been many people who have gone through the ice in that area. While some cases those people have been retrieved without loss of life, in others the outcome is less favourable.

Police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Members the RCMP, Marystown and Burin fire departments, Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers and local residents aided in the search efforts.

colin.farrell@tc.tc

Jonathan Shea, 27, and Matthew Slaney, 31, died in a snowmobile accident early Saturday morning.

"Individually we grieve with the families and as a community," said Marystown Mayor Sam Synard.

Synard expressed his condolences to the loved ones of the two men who lost their lives in the frigid waters of Creston Inlet.

“(It is a) terrible tragedy, the loss of two lives, of two young men who were (just) starting their lives in many ways,” he said.

Synard knew the young men from his time working in the local school system.

"(They were) good, responsible young men who had a great future ahead of them."

EARLY MORNING CALL

Around 6:15 a.m. Saturday, Marystown RCMP received a report that two men had failed to return from an overnight snowmobiling trip.

The Burin Peninsula Ground Search and Rescue team was called in to conduct a search of South West Arm, commonly known to residents of the area as the Sou' West.

Synard, a snowmobile enthusiast himself, said it is a common route for snowmobilers in the area, drawn in part by the large number of cabins there.

"The Nor' West and the Sou' West is sort of the gateway to both Fresh Pond and Garnish Pond."

Search crews discovered tracks ending at an area of open water in the middle of the South West Arm.

"It is an area, of course, that has a lot of tidal action," he said. "The whole Creston Inlet is filled with tide all the time - it just rushes in and out, so the ice is always suspect in that area."

The bodies of the two men were discovered late afternoon Saturday two kilometres away.

TRAGIC HISTORY

The body of water has claimed the lives of others in the past. Synard said that 10 years ago he lost a friend in a similar manner.

"He went through the ice in a very similar location."

He added that over the years there have been many people who have gone through the ice in that area. While some cases those people have been retrieved without loss of life, in others the outcome is less favourable.

Police are conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Members the RCMP, Marystown and Burin fire departments, Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers and local residents aided in the search efforts.

colin.farrell@tc.tc

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