Two boats crashed into each other on Lake Rosseau near Windermere Marina leaving one person dead, one unaccounted for, and four with “serious injures” according to the Bracebridge OPP.

Constable Samantha Bigley says officers were called to the scene around 7:40 PM Wednesday evening, adding the detachment received “multiple calls” from people who witnessed the crash.

Witnesses described seeing several people in the water after the collision. Officers, along with Muskoka EMS, Muskoka Lakes Fire Department, the OPP Marine Unit, the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), and the OPP Aviation Unit responded.

A total of six people were on board the two vessels at the time of the collision and four were rescued from the water and rushed to hospital with injuries.

Four of the occupants between the two boats were rescued from the water and taken to hospital with serious injuries.  

Three of the injured have since been released from hospital and one was airlifted to a Toronto area hospital where they are being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, a 13 year-old youth from Toronto was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Search efforts resumed this morning and continued throughout the day despite inhospitable conditions and at 4:00 p.m. OPP USRU recovered the body of 51-year-old Donna WILEY of Oakville.

Of the six people involved, the police didn’t specify who was on each boat.

Bigley says three of the injured were released from hospital this morning. The person that was airlifted to Toronto is being treated with life-threatening injuries. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call Bracebridge OPP at 1(888) 310-1122