West Parry Sound OPP Investigate Fatal Boating Accident

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One Boat Owned by Kevin O’Leary – Shark Tank Star

SEGUIN TOWNSHIP, ON – A fatal boating accident has claimed two lives. The West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing to investigate the fatal collision involving two vessels on Lake Joseph near Emerald Island in Seguin Township, which occurred on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at approximately 11:30 pm.

The owner of the boat, Kevin O’Leary, who was not injured, is the former star on Dragon’s Den on CBC, and Shark Tank on ABC television.

According to published reports, O’Leary was not at the helm of the boat, his wife was driving the boat. The OPP reportedly tested O’Leary’s wife for possible DUI and the test came back negative.

According to TMZ, O’Leary has claimed the other boat did not have its running lights on at the time of the incident: “O’Leary tells TMZ, ‘Late Saturday night I was a passenger in a boat that had a tragic collision with another craft that had no navigation lights on and then fled the scene of the accident. I am fully cooperating with authorities’.”

Gary POLTASH, age 64, from Florida, United States of America, was fatally injured at the scene.

On August 27, 2019, Susanne BRITO, age 48, from Uxbridge, Ontario, succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

Three other occupants from the boats involved suffered injuries in the collision; all were treated and released from the hospital.

Any person with information regarding this incident or who may have been in the area of Emerald Island on Lake Joseph on August 24, 2019, is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).