OPP Search Mazinaw Lake for missing Belleville man

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(ADDINGTON HIGHLANDS TOWNSHIP) – On June 24, 2017 at approximately 2:05 p.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Napanee detachment, OPP Marine Unit, with the assistance of local paramedics and fire departments, responded to a report of a missing male on Mazinaw Lake.

Police investigation revealed that a 47-year-old Belleville man took his family and friends tubing in a smaller aluminium boat. The man entered the water to assist the female tuber as she was experiencing some difficulty re-entering the boat while the spotter remained in the vessel.

The small boat began to drift away from the two in the water. The male, who did not have his personal flotation device on appeared to be in distress, went below the water and did not resurface.

The female tuber and the spotter in the drifting boat were assisted to shore with the assistance of paddleboarders and another boater.

A search of the area was being conducted but was suspended due to weather conditions. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit were called to the scene and will continue the search.