Was boat purposely scuttled? Bracebridge man facing charges
Posted Nov. 10, 1:30pm: A Bracebridge man has been charged a month after a boat was found partially sunk near Baxter Island on Lake Muskoka. Members of the Bracebridge Detachment of the OPP marine unit, with help from Pride of Muskoka Marine, recovered the boat on October 8. A search began for the boat’s owner.
As a result of information received from the public, police now say they’ve identified the owner and have subsequently charged Gordon Atkinson of Bracebridge with several offences under the Canada Shipping Act, including:
- Permitting leakage of fuel within or from a vessel
- Defacing Hull Serial Number
- Defacing License Number on Pleasure Craft
The police would like to remind everyone to practice safe boating and the importance of reporting any abandoned, sunk or damaged vessels to the appropriate authority as required by Federal Marine Regulations.
Original Article October 9: Abandoned boat found on Lake Muskoka may have been set adrift