EAR FALLS, Ont. - Emergency response teams continued to scour the water and shoreline of a lake in northwestern Ontario for a man who was picked up by a tornado that swept through a hunting and fishing resort on Thursday.
The Ontario Provincial Police have divers, lake patrols and a ground team searching in and around Lac Seul for Dennis Kinkaid of Ponca City, Olka., said Sgt. Carl Pettigrew.
"We still have one male outstanding," he said.
Kinkaid was with two friends at the Fisherman's Cove Resort in Ear Falls, Ont., when the cabin the men were in was ripped from its foundation and tossed into the lake almost a kilometre away.
The bodies of Bernie Jackson, 65, and Stan Hollis, 78, also from Ponca City, were pulled from the water Friday.
Dayna Kinkaid said the OPP were still combing the area looking for her 66-year-old husband.
"They have not found him yet," she said. "I can't even explain how I feel right now."
She said her husband was on an annual fishing trip with Jackson and Hollis and was due to return home Saturday.
"This was a guys trip," she said. "That was one of their favourite destinations."
Kinkaid said police have shown her pictures of where the tornado hit and have done a very good job of keeping her updated on search efforts.
"The twister just levelled that cabin," she said. "I guess there's only so much that can be done."
The tornado ranked as an F2 with wind speeds between 180 and 240 kilometres per hour, said Geoff Coulson an Environment Canada meteorologist.
Five other people suffered minor injuries when their cabin was also lifted off the ground by the twister.
"This was a very very significant event," said Coulson.
The residents of Ear Falls will spend much of Monday picking up the debris scattered by the twister.
"We've organized a neighbourhood work party,"said Gary Beardsley, owner of the Lac Seul Evergreen Lodge. "It's a casual service. The neighbourhood has pitched in tremendously to help those folks."
Beardsley said he saw heavy clouds gathering before the tornado struck but was not near where the funnel cloud touched the ground.
Bruce Hollis, 54, said the twister hit his father's cabin head on.
Hollis said his father was two weeks away from his 79th birthday when he set out for the fishing trip.
"This is a small community and this town is going to be pretty well shut down for the next few days," said Hollis.
Stan Hollis and Jackson were both retired teachers, Kinkaid is a semi-retired businessman. All three had been friends for the last 40 years.
Lester Freeman, 58, was supposed to be on the fishing trip with the three men but had to stay home due to health reasons.
"We're just a tight knit group of people," he said. "They leave such a gap in this town."
Freeman struggled to control his emotions as he described the three men as community leaders and very close friends.
All three gentlemen were military veterans.
Freeman described Jackson as "an individual that people leaned on." He added that Hollis was the same way and was always very supportive of the educative community.
Kinkaid, he said was heavily involved in town activities.
"I've never seen the community affected like it is with the loss of these three gentlemen," he said.
"Their families are devastated, it's a really really hard blow."