|Police search for the body of a missing man who was ejected
from his boat after a collision.
(Photo: James Marten Toronto Sun)
The Whitby, Ont., man and his girlfriend were fishing for large mouth bass in Lake Scugog Monday at 7 p.m. when he came across a body in the shallow water on the shore in the west side of Lake Scogog near a cottage dock on Washburn Island.
The Durham Police Marine Unit had been searching since Canada Day for the bodies of two men who drowned after colliding their boat with another watercraft about 200 metres east of Scugog Island’s north shore.
The occupants of one boat made it to shore for assistance where they were assessed and later released by paramedics, but the two men in the other vessel were not immediately found.
The body of the Jeffrey Wilkinson, 38, of Washburn Island, was recovered Sunday by police, but Martin found the missing David Tyrrell, 49, of Thurstonia, Ont.
“It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for,” Martin said. “A lot of bass live underneath the dock, so I was looking to catch some bass when I looked up to catch my bearing and saw the body floating face down behind the dock.
“It was a little shocking. If he had a life jacket on, he wouldn’t have died and that’s why I always wear mine,” Martin said.
Two divers with specialized sonar equipment from York Regional Police assisted Durham police and it’s helicopter Air 1 and local fire services in the search for the two men following Friday’s collision.
Both vessels remain in police custody for further investigation.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and hasn’t spoken to police yet, is asked to call Const. Robert Spring of Traffic Services at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5237.