LATEST NEWS: Vehicle dives into Georgian Bay (update)


OPP believe there may be a person in the vehicle who is submerged after entering the water near the Midland boat launch

Update (8 p.m.):

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who went missing after driving his vehicle through Georgian Bay in Midland following an interaction with an OPP officer this after -midday.

Preliminary information suggests the following:

  • At approximately 3:00 p.m., a Southern Georgian Bay Provincial Police officer stopped the driver of a vehicle for an alleged traffic violation.
  • The officer and the man spoke before the man entered the water in his vehicle near Bayshore Drive and William Street.
  • The officers entered the water. The vehicle sank and the man did not get out of the vehicle.
  • The OPP dive team responded.

Three investigators and a forensic investigator have been assigned to the case.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officers (police officers as well as special constables from the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers from the Legislative Protective Service) who may have resulted in death, personal injury serious, sexual assault and / or the unloading of a firearm on a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the SIU Director must

  • examine whether the official has committed a criminal offense in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the official where there are grounds to do so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report publicly on the results of its investigations

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ORIGINAL STORY (6 p.m.):

A vehicle dived in the waters of Georgian Bay near the Midland boat launch at the bottom of William Street.

There is a “strong presence” of emergency personnel including OPP officers, Midland firefighters and Simcoe County paramedics.

CTV News reported that police believe someone may be in the vehicle.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit is now on scene and participating in the investigation.

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