Police seek witnesses, video footage as investigation into fatal boat crash continues

An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) boat sits in the waters of Buck Bay in Bob’s Lake, South Frontenac Township, on Sunday, May 19, 2024, as the investigation into a fatal boating collision the evening before continues. Photo by Cris Vilela/Kingstonist.

Over the weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stated they are looking for video footage related to the fatal two-vessel collision investigation on Bobs Lake.

The collision took place on the night of Saturday, May 18, 2024, and involved a speed boat and an open-bow-style fishing boat. Three individuals were killed in that collision: a 21-year-old female from South Frontenac Township, a 22-year-old female from Elginburg (within South Frontenac Township), and a 23-year-old male from South Frontenac. All the injured individuals who were transported to hospital are recovering from their injuries, the OPP noted.

According to a release from the OPP, dated Sunday, May 26, 2024, investigators request anyone with video captured around the Buck Bay area of Bobs Lake during the day and into the evening of May 18, 2024, come forward. Any other witnesses who may have seen activity on the waterway prior to the fatal boat collision, which took place just after 9:30 p.m. that night, are also asked to contact police.

“We know this incident may have been traumatic for many community members, including family, friends and residents or visitors along the shores of Bucks Bay. We want everyone to know that, if you are having a hard time dealing with what you have seen or heard, help is available,” said Staff Sergeant Jeremy Doolan, Acting Commander with Frontenac OPP.

Anyone affected by this incident can contact Victim Services of Kingston and Frontenac online, by calling 613-548-4834, or by email at [email protected].

According to the release, Frontenac OPP continues to investigate the collision with assistance from an OPP Collision Reconstructionist and members of the Technical Collision Investigation Team, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Frontenac OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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