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One Edmonton-area man dead, one missing in snowmobile incident near Whitecourt

One man is dead another is missing after a snowmobile trip turned deadly near Whitecourt Saturday.

Five Edmonton-area men were out late Saturday night when one man decided to run his snowmobile across the Athabasca River, according to police.

He failed to cross the river and he and his snowmobile were dragged under water. Police said another man in the group tried to help, but also fell into the river and disappeared.

Emergency crews searched for most of the day Sunday and a body police believe is one of the missing males was found two kilometers downstream from where he fell in, and the other man has not yet been located.

An RCMP helicopter and the Edmonton Fire Department water rescue unit were called in to help with the search.

Staff Sgt. Rodney Koscielny with the Whitecourt RCMP said Sunday that they were still hopeful they would find the second man.

“He may still be alive and we are using our helicopter to see if he is clinging to the bank,” he said.

He said the section of river is wide and trying to cross open water like that is very dangerous.

“It is a fast moving river and it flows all year round and is open all year round,” he said.

Police believe alcohol was a factor and the investigation is continuing.

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