OPP Release Names of Deceased Boaters from Big Grassy First Nation

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KENORA – On Monday, October 15, 2018, at approximately 8:45 pm members of the Kenora Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of three males missing on Lake of the Woods, near Manitou Island. Police learned that the vessel capsized and the males had not resurfaced. Two of the males were located on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, and the third male was located on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

The males were located with assistance from members of the Kenora Detachment of the OPP, Rainy River OPP, Marine and Trails Unit (MTU), Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU).

The deceased males have been identified as John COPENACE, 50-years-old; Bluebird MAJOR, 19-years-old and Marshall MORRISON, 42-years-old, all of Big Grassy First Nation.

The Ontario Provincial Police wish to remind you that “By law, every boat in Ontario must carry a life-jacket or personal floatation device for each person on board and should be readily available in an emergency. The OPP is encouraging boaters to wear their life jackets, as weather can turn in a matter of minutes.”

NetNewsLedger extends our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.