Body of missing boater recovered in Meaford Harbour


(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – The boater reported missing in the Meaford Harbour last night, August 10, 2017, has been recovered.

On August 11, 2017, at approximately 12:22 p.m., members of the Grey County OPP Marine Unit and the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, recovered the body of the missing boater approximately 30 feet from the dinghy in the Meaford Harbour off of Bayfield Street in the Municipality of Meaford. The victim was not wearing a life-jacket.

The corner attended the scene and a post mortem examination has been scheduled for  August 12, 2017 in Owen Sound.

The deceased has been identified as 26-year old Gary David ROBERTSON of New Lowell, Ontario.

(MUNICIPALITY OF MEAFORD, ON) – Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating a report of a missing boater in the Meaford Harbour.

A lone male had been seen lounging inside a 7 foot white dinghy in the Meaford Harbour located off of Bayfield Street in the Municipality of Meaford on August 10, 2017. At approximately 9:30 p.m., witnesses had heard a splash in the water. The dinghy was observed overturned. There was no sign of the male who was described to be Caucasian, in his mid to late twenties.

The Canadian Coast Guard (Meaford), the OPP West Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT), OPP Marine Unit, and the Meaford Fire Department are assisting in the search which is ongoing.

Anyone with information which may assist is asked to contact the OPP at 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, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.