Search continuing for missing boater

Alison Beach Search plane seen in Haviland Bay Thursday evening

At approximately 5:15 pm on August 4, 2016 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call regarding a capsized vessel in Haviland Bay on Lake Superior.

At approximately 4 pm on August 4, 2016 two males headed out on Lake Superior in a 12 foot aluminum boat with a six horse power motor.  Weather conditions at the time were sunny and windy with waves from two to three feet high. The boat was approximately 250 feet from shore when it capsized. Life jackets were in the boat but not worn.  A 23 and a 25 year old male swam towards the shoreline.  The 23 year old male made it safely to shore. The 25 year old local man disappeared from sight in the water.

The Sault Ste. Marie OPP Marine Unit, OPP Aviation Services,  the Joint Recovery Co-Ordination  Centre (JRCC) Trenton (Hercules),  the Auxiliary Coast Guard Unit, Goulais River Fire and Rescue,  and Sault Search and Rescue all attended  the scene assisting in the ground and air search.

At present, the Sault Ste. Marie OPP Marine Unit, OPP Highway Safety Division,  OPP Aviation Services and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Marine Unit are on scene continuing the search.  The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) has also been deployed.

The search is continuing.


  1. Of course wearing life jackets would have avoided this. But short of that I am shocked at the amount of people I come across who can’t float on their back, or were never taught how to, to save themselves. I have taught middle aged people how to do it this summer. Please teach your kids to do this! I learned when I was 5 and it has saved me a couple of times when I tired myself out on a swim. PLEASE PLEASE teach your kids to do this. If they ever get in trouble they can roll on their back and float for a while to at least rest before attempting to swim again. Or stay on your back conserving energy until you are rescued.

  2. I lost a friend this way some years ago.
    What a sad situation. Lake Superior is no place to be in a 12′ boat, and if you are you should have a life vest on at all times. I hope this will convince others to wear their life vests anytime they are in the boat.

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