MANITOBA CONSERVATION DIRECTING WEST HAWK LAKE, JACKFISH BAY PLANE CRASH CLEANUP
– – – Jackfish Bay Closed for Safety Reasons During Cleanup
Manitoba Conservation will be directing the cleanup operation of Jackfish Bay at the north end of West Hawk Lake following Monday’s small aircraft crash.
· Jackfish Bay will be closed to activities such as boating, swimming, scuba diving and hiking.
· Cottagers will be allowed into dwellings but access to boathouses and the water is not allowed.
· Cottagers with boats at the Big Island Landing will be allowed to move their watercraft out of the area via trailer. Security staff will assist with the removal of any crash-related residue from boats and motors.
· Manitoba Conservation staff are attempting to notify all affected cottage owners and other impacted parties.
A water advisory has been issued by Manitoba Water Stewardship to cottagers in the area that, until further notice, water from the Big Island Landing Bay should not be used for any purposes. Boiling will not remove the potential contaminants.
Manitoba Conservation has set a boom across the bay to contain fuel and other aviation products from further impacting the lake and shoreline.
The cleanup will involve a salvage operation to remove the aircraft and associated debris on the bottom of the lake. Once that has occurred, the environmental cleanup of the area will begin including the lake surface, shoreline, docks, boats and boathouses.