Two seniors die in submerged vehicle in Kincardine

On August 27, 2020 at 1:25 p.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a vehicle entering the water at the marina along Station Beach road. Officers responded with members of the Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services and Bruce County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to find the vehicle was completely submerged.

Emergency responders recovered a vehicle and two people from the water.

William LUINSTRA, 86-years-old, of Strathroy and Rennie FEDDEMA, 82-years-old, of Strathroy were transported to a local hospital where they were both pronounced deceased.

Divers with the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) completed a search of the area.

The South Bruce OPP Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS), and West Region OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) Team under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) in partnership with the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Services have entered into a death investigation.

Access to the main beach area was initially restricted to emergency workers, however it has since been reopened to the public.

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On August 25, 2020 at 7:42 a.m., the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a motorcycle crash along Concession 10 in Elderslie Township. Officers arrived with members of the Grey-Bruce OPP and Bruce County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and found the motorcycle in the south ditch.

The operator, 62-year-old Muriel THAW of Saugeen Shores, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Members of the OPP Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) unit attended to assist the South Bruce OPP with this investigation.

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On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 12:17 p.m. members of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Grey-Bruce and Huron-Perth Community Street Crime Units, with assistance from OPP Emergency Response Team, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a business at Main Street in Sauble Beach, South Bruce Peninsula.

As a result of the search warrant, police seized dried cannabis, packaged cannabis edibles, cannabis oils and creams, cannabis vaper cartridges and marihuana seeds. OPP officers also seized offence related property and assorted drug paraphernalia. Two people located on the business property were arrested. The total worth of the seized cannabis related substances was over $62,000.

Grey Bruce OPP have charge a 30 year old male of South Bruce Peninsula with the following offences:

  • Possession Cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, section 10(2) Cannabis Act (CA)
  • Trafficking Cannabis, section 10(1) CA
  • Possession of Nabilone for purposes of trafficking, section 5(2) CDSA

The accused was held for a bail hearing in Ontario Court of Justice.

The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information 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 www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2000.