The Regina Police Service advises that the Service’s Underwater Investigation and Recovery Team, or UIRT, has completed its investigation at an opening in the ice near the lakeshore pumphouse on the south side of the lake. UIRT members, including a diver in the water, conducted a thorough search near the opening and lake bottom for a radius of approximately 20 feet. They did not find anyone or anything of note.
The Regina Police did not receive any witness accounts of anyone falling through the ice, nor any reports of persons unaccounted for or missing, but earlier today, at about 11:30 a.m. the Service received a citizen concern about a hole in the ice at Wascana Centre. The information received also indicated that there may be bicycle tracks and footprints in the area. Police attended the area and did not find evidence that anyone had entered the water; however, it was decided that a more thorough investigation, including an underwater search, should be conducted. The search was carried out by trained members of the Underwater Investigation and Recovery Team, or UIRT, in conjunction with Wascana Centre Authority, with the assistance of Regina Fire and Protective Services.
The Regina Police Service reminds the public to exercise care on any lake or creek in the City, especially during this mild weather. Parents are strongly encouraged to talk to their children about the dangers of thin ice and to keep them away from lakes, ditches and creeks. Anyone walking their dog is asked to keep their pet on a leash.
If you see anyone playing on the ice or near dangerous water call the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500. In case of an emergency call 9-1-1.