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Search continues for missing swimmer south of Bayfield

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(BAYFIELD, ON)   The search continues for a missing swimmer who slipped beneath the surface of Lake Huron, south of Bayfield.  

Huron OPP report that shortly before 4 p.m., Sept. 2, a group of passengers was onboard a 30-foot pleasure craft on Lake Huron, about eight kilometres south of Bayfield. 

The boat operator and another male passenger jumped into the water for a swim. Neither was wearing a personal flotation device. The waves and wind quickly separated them from the boat and they were unable to swim back.

Passengers on the boat, although inexperienced, were able to maneuver the vessel and recover the first man. He was pulled onboard but not before he was struck by the pitching vessel and ingested a considerable amount of water. 

The second man was unable to reach the boat and slipped beneath the surface. Police said the injured man was brought to shore and taken to Clinton hospital for treatment.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene after witnesses on shore saw flares shot from the vessel.  

A United States Coast Guard helicopter responded quickly to the scene and assisted in the search until RCC Trenton responded. 

The RCC Trenton helicopter, two OPP vessels, two Canadian Coast Guard vessels, along with several private boat owners, searched the area where the missing swimmer was last seen, until dark. 

Officers on ATVs continued to search along the shoreline. The water search will continue Monday morning (Sept. 3).

  

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