Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Drownings mar holiday weekend

We watched the rescue efforts from the cottage we were visiting on Georgian Bay this weekend, but we didn't have a boat with lifejackets either, so we couldn't help.

2 drown, 2 missing in boating accidents
Aug. 8, 2006. 06:02 AM

Drownings and boating accidents cast a pall over much of cottage country over the weekend, even as thousands of cottagers continued to struggle without power in the wake of last week's devastating winds. Police say two men drowned, two others are missing and presumed drowned and a woman is in hospital with injuries received in a boating accident. A man in his 20s vanished in the waters at Bass Lake Provincial Park, west of Orillia, yesterday after he apparently fell out of his boat shortly before 4 p.m. And last night police were still looking for a 72-year-old man presumed drowned after he went swimming at a family home in the Parry Sound area around 6 p.m., and did not return. Police divers also recovered a body from Go Home Lake near Bala yesterday. Witnesses called for help after a man disappeared in the water around 3 p.m. OPP were called to Georgian Bay near Midland around noon Sunday after a 19-year-old swam to shore for help when the paddle boat she was in with her boyfriend capsized. Bradley Park, 27, of Smithville, Ont., was supposed to stay with the boat because he was a non-swimmer. But when the craft washed ashore, the search was intensified and his body was found hours later by a helicopter. There were no life jackets or emergency equipment on board, OPP said. At around 4 p.m. Sunday, a woman was hit by a personal watercraft in the Kempenfelt Bay area of Lake Simcoe, said Barrie police. The 28-year-old Barrie snorkeller's injuries are serious but non-life threatening. Barrie police have determined the incident was an accident. The good news for cottagers is that thousands have hydro back after last Wednesday's tornadoes and rain. However, some cottage-country residents and vacationers won't get power back until Friday despite the fact Hydro One staff are getting help. About 900 Hydro One crew members have been reinforced by 65 more workers from neighbouring utilities; crews yesterday managed to restore hydro to another 6,000 homes and cottages.


Miss Ash said...

It's like when Tim was in GrandBend ....

Trib said...

Good lord! It's a fucking massacre!