SCUGOG: The Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating after two boats collided on Lake Scugog on Saturday, Aug. 22, resulting in numerous injuries.
Nine people in total were involved in the crash, including a six-month-old baby. Diving into the water, 69-year-old bystander Peter Parker was able to come to the aid of the infant after it was thrown into the water due to the force of the collision. Mr. Parker has been recognized for brave rescues on the lake in the past. Once for saving a young girl with CPR in 1994, and another in 2011 when he saved two men after they fell into the lake while fishing. Police informed The Standard that injuries to those involved in the collision are not considered to be life threatening.
According to police, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a large powerboat reportedly collided with a smaller boat in an area between Caesarea and Washburn Island on Lake Scugog.
Emergency personnel from Kawartha Lakes, as well as the Scugog Fire Department were on scene at Washburn Island as well as at Williams Point administering first aid.
Kawartha Lakes OPP Cst. Jackie Hildenbrand explained that there were some people treated at the scene, while others were taken to hospital.
Cst. Hildenbrand noted that police are continuing with their investigation into the cause of the collision.
“If the investigation reveals it’s warranted, charges will certainly be laid,” added Cst. Hildenbrand.
Anyone with more information on the accident is asked to contact City of Kawartha Lakes OPP at 705-324-6741 or 1-888-310-1122.
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