Male pulled from water in Lake Huron

On July 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was informed of a small aluminum boat travelling in circles in the water of Lake Huron just off the shores in Southampton.

                                  photos by Sandy Lindsay – Saugeen Times

                                      OPP Marine Unit launches at the Saugeen River Rankin St. boat launch
              Saugeen Shores Police were on hand to assist

The South Bruce Marine Unit and Grey Bruce Marine Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as well as the Saugeen Shores Police Service, Saugeen Shores Fire Department, the Canadian Coast Gaurd, and Bruce County Paramedic Services attended Lake Huron just off the shores of Southampton, for a report of a boat travelling in circles in the water.

                               Canadian Coast Guard Hercules called in

Quick acting civilians attended the scene prior to any emergency services arrival and located a male party in the water. The male was transported to shore by civilians where Bruce County Paramedic Services took over his care. The male was transported to hospital by ambulance where he is listed in critical condition.

          Chantry Island Tour Boat, the Peerless II, assisted by towing in the boat                                                                 in question

It is unknown at this time what led to these circumstances.  The Ontario Provincial Police is continuing this investigation.

    OPP Marine Unit returns to the mouth of the Saugeen River

Further updates will be released as the information becomes available.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.