Missing boater’s body found in Lake Simcoe

York Regional Police sadly reports that members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit have retrieved the body of a man, believed to be the body of the missing boater who disappeared on Sunday, October 3, 2010.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at approximately 7:50 a.m., a kayaker was boating at the south end of Cooks Bay in the area of Lake Drive South and Pasadena Drive when he discovered the body of a man in a heavily-weeded area of the water. Members of the York Regional Police Marine Unit were called to safely extract the body from the water.

Investigators believe this to be the body of a 20-year-old Georgina man, who has been missing from Lake Simcoe. A post-mortem examination has been scheduled for tomorrow.

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, at approximately 2:20 p.m. an off-duty York Regional Police officer  discovered two victims in distress in the water at Cooks Bay and called 9-1-1 for help.

Two Toronto men, aged 73 and 48, were rescued from the water and transported to hospital with hypothermia after their 14-foot fishing boat capsized, sending the boaters into the water.

The men are believed to have been in the water for approximately two hours before being rescued. The York Regional Police Marine Unit, with the assistance of Georgina Fire and Emergency Services and a search and rescue Hercules aircraft from Canadian Forces Base Trenton, launched a search for the third missing boater, a 20-year-old Georgina man.

York Regional Police would like to extend thanks to the property owners along the eastern shores of Cooks Bay who assisted in checking their shorelines, docks and out buildings.

Sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the man during this difficult time.

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