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Monday, June 10, 2019

Fatal Boating Incident In Colpoy's Bay

Bruce Peninsula | by Claire McCormack  

OPP have charged a 39 year old man after a boating incident claimed the life of one person.

OPP have charged a man after a fatal incident in Colpoy's Bay.

Police say they were called at about 10:30 Friday night (June 7) after people  reported hearing calls for help coming from out on the water in Colpoy's Bay.

According to OPP, two civilian boats attended the area and located three males in the water.

Police say two were transported by Bruce County Paramedics to hospital.

But OPP say they learned a 16 foot vessel had sunk and there was still a fourth person unaccounted for.

On Saturday (June 8) at 2:14 a.m., after a search involving Canadian Coast Guard, OPP vessel, Cape Croker Police vessel and area residents, the missing fourth male was located deceased in approximately 20 feet of water. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) recovered the body of the deceased.

Grey Bruce OPP officers, Grey Bruce OPP Crime Unit, OPP USRU and Technical Traffic Collision Investigators continue to investigate the incident.

Police have arrested and charged a 39-year-old man with impaired operation of a vessel causing death.

The accused was released on an Undertaking following a bail hearing. His next court date is on June 19th in Owen Sound. Police say they are not identifying those involved at this time.

They're asking anyone with information which may assist with the investigation to contact the Grey Bruce OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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