OPP have now laid charges after a boating accident last summer that killed a Lake Rosseau swimmer.
On July 25, 2022, at 6:45 a.m. Bracebridge OPP officers responded to a 911 call on Lake Rosseau near Shamrock Lodge Road in Port Carling.
A swimmer was unresponsive in the water approximately 70' from a dock. The 48-year-old man had been swimming, equipped with a visibility marker, and was struck by a boat.
Life-saving efforts were made, however, the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
"Police have conducted a thorough investigation into the collision," says a news release.
Zavier Foyston, 26, of Huntsville is charged with operating a vessel in a careless manner, an offence under the Canada Shipping Act which states, “No person shall operate a small vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons.”
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, the operator of a pleasure craft can not operate that craft in a manner that is dangerous to the public. Pleasure craft must stay well clear of swimmers.
While underway, the pleasure craft operator must maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing to be aware of conditions around their vessel.
Foyston will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on February 7, to answer his charge.