(NIPIGON, ON) – On February 17, 2017, at 4:11 pm, the Nipigon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted regarding two missing males from Rocky Bay First Nation.

The two males, identified as 51-year-old Gerald THOMPSON and 45-year-old Nathaniel THOMPSON from Rocky Bay First Nation were last seen on Lake Nipigon on the afternoon of February 16, 2017. Police was contacted when they did not return to Rocky Bay.

Members of the Anishinabek Police Service as well as the North West Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and an MNR helicopter were deployed to the scene.

On February 18, 2017, at approximately 11:00 am, an OPP spotter located one submerged motorized snow vehicle in Lake Nipigon. The second set of motorized snow vehicle tracks leading to another break in the ice were also observed.

The ground search continues, and the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) are en route to conduct a search for the two missing males.