Blen­heim res­i­dents sur­vive fa­tal boat­ing in­ci­dent

Blind River man dies af­ter boat cap­sizes


BLIND RIVER – Two Blen­heim res­i­dents sur­vived af­ter a boat cap­sized on the Mis­sis­sagi River Satur­day morn­ing, but their rel­a­tive from Blind River has died.

A 14-foot alu­minum boat all three were in cap­sized late Satur­day morn­ing while they were fish­ing.

John Collins, 76, has been iden­ti­fied as the vic­tim.

The two Blen­heim res­i­dents, a male and fe­male, where not iden­ti­fied.

When the boat cap­sized at about 11:45 a.m., the oc­cu­pants from Blen­heim were able to swim to shore, said Const. Bev Gau­thier of On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice.

A woman on shore saw what hap­pened and called for help.

An OPP of­fi­cer swam to Collins, who was float­ing on the river’s sur­face. He was taken to hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead. The other two oc­cu­pants were “a lit­tle shaken up from the in­ci­dent,” but didn’t need medical at­ten­tion, said Gau­thier.

Three life jack­ets were in the boat.

It’s not known if Collins could swim or how far he was from shore.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened near MacIver’s Mo­tel and Camp­ground, about six kilo­me­tres west of Blind River.

A post-mortem is ex­pected to be done Mon­day, pos­si­bly in Sault Ste. Marie.

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