Tragedy south of the area, as two boys have lost their lives in a snowmobile incident early today on Lake Muskoka.

The OPP says after midnight, three snowmobiles with five people riding them broke through the ice on Lake Muskoka and plunged into the water.

Of the five, a 31-year-old Bracebridge man, a 37-year-old Gravenhurst man, and a 14-year-old boy from Gravenhurst were able to get themselves to shore.

Emergency crews managed to remove the other two boys, an 11-year-old from Bracebridge, and a 15-year-old from Gravenhurst, from the water. They were taken to hospital but their lives could not be saved.

The OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, Aviation support and Technical Traffic Collision Investigators are assisting in this ongoing investigation in coordination with the office of the Chief Coroner. If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call the Bracebridge OPP toll-free at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from Patrick Grapes,