OPP recover bodies of two missing Portland men after tragedy on Big Rideau Lake

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

PORTLAND – Flags are lowered at the Rideau Lakes Township office following the deaths of two Portland men.
They had ventured out onto Big Rideau Lake Friday evening.
It’s believed they were driving a truck across the ice to check out the docks on Cow Island…. but they never made it.
OPP say their vehicle crashed through the ice.
Police divers recovered the bodies of 69-year-old Doug Good and 72-year-old Mike Carty late Sunday afternoon…. almost 2 days after concerned family reported them missing.
Carty was a retired farmer and Good was a councillor in Rideau Lakes Township.
“It would be safe to say Doug spent more time outdoors than indoors.”
Ron Holman, the Mayor of Rideau Lakes says Good was in his first term as a councillor and was well-known and loved in the community.
Ron Holman/Mayor of Rideau Lakes:
“Doug of course was familiar with the Rideau from one end to another and I would say was probably his favourite place to be was on the Rideau.”
Also shocked and saddened by the news is the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.
Good was a CRCA board member since 2015 and Chair of the Cataraqui Trail Management Board since 2011.
Ross Sutherland/Vice-Chair, CRCA Board: “It’s such a terrible loss. When you first read the e-mails when they starting going around it was like… this can’t be true. Because Doug was such a vibrant man who knew the area well. He had been really so active that you think it really can’t happen.”
The Mayor says it’s a difficult time for council, the community and both families.
“Mr. Carty was well known in a community. He was farmer in Elgin. And moved to Portland some time ago. And his son teaches school in Elgin.”
Family and Friends of the pair say they will be remembered as long-time friends and champions in the community.
The coroner has ordered autopsies, but police do not suspect foul play.

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