05/02/2012 12:28 EDT | Updated 07/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Newfoundland premier to meet with parents of boy who died on Labrador ice

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale has agreed to meet the family of a boy who died in late January after his snowmobile got stuck on the ice off the coast of Labrador.

Dunderdale's office confirms Burton Winters' family wants to talk to the premier about the 14-year-old boy.

The premier has said she has written to Defence Minister Peter MacKay to ask about how his department handled the search and rescue operation when Winters was reported missing.

Last month, Dunderdale said MacKay's response only opened up more questions.

Ottawa changed emergency protocols after questions were raised about why it took two days for military aircraft to join the search.

The military has said there was no helicopter available to search for the boy when the first request for help came in on Jan. 30.