Man, 19, fell through hole on Penetanguishene Bay
Dale Bradshaw, 19, of Tiny Township, died in the waters of Penetanguishene Bay near Peek-A-Boo Trail after he falling through a hole in the ice, early Tuesday. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/QMI AGENCY
TINY TOWNSHIP - A 19-year-old man is dead after being pulled out of Penetanguishene Bay, Tuesday morning.
“He was a local man who was supposed to meet friends in Penetanguishene between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and failed to show,” said Const. David Hobson of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP.
The man, who has been identified by police as Dale Bradshaw of Tiny Township, was pulled out of the harbour, near Peek-A-Boo Trail, without vital signs by Tiny Fire Service volunteers.
"If you were trying to cross the ice here, it's a quick hike across," said Hobson of the OPP, describing the tip of land at the bay's mouth by Peek-A-Boo Trail across to Penetanguishene. "But there's a five-metre hole in the ice here. He was found in the hole."
Police were notified of the missing man at about 7 a.m. and they had already dispatched the OPP Helicopter Unit and the OPP Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) for another 41-year-old man who'd been reported missing Monday night. The latter man was found alive Tuesday morning in the area.
“The chopper flew over this area and observed some items on the ice,” he said. They were discovered to be the young man's possessions," said Hobson.
Firefighters used an inflatable narrow floating boat called a Rapid Deployment Craft Fortuna to make the recovery.
"It's especially designed for work in the water and it's a stable platform for our guys to do what they need to do,” said Denis Maurice, deputy fire chief of Tiny Fire Service, who was on the scene shortly after 9 a.m. with about a dozen volunteer firefighters.
Bradshaw's body was quickly located in the hole in about eight feet of water and recovered.
“No one likes this sort of this thing. He was a member of the community. It affects everyone in different ways. We don't like it to happen to anybody, regardless,” said Maurice.
OPP continue to investigate.