Provincial police and emergency crews are searching the Muskoka River at Kelvin Grove Park in Bracebridge for a man who disappeared trying to rescue a swimmer in distress. The police started an underwater comb in the Muskoka River in Bracebridge on Monday, Aug. 24.
It was around 2 p.m. when police were first notified of a swimmer in distress at Kelvin Grove Park in the town’s downtown area. An alert was also made to Bracebridge Fire Department. According to police, the 51-year-old Bracebridge man was one of three men who went into the water on Monday afternoon to assist a swimmer in distress.
According to the OPP, one of the men slipped out of view below the surface of the water before their arrival. They stated that the man vanished into the water while the other two men pulled the swimmer to safety. However, though not verified by police, eyewitness accounts to MuskokaRegion.com give a different version of occasions. They say that three women and the man also ventured into the water to help the swimmer before two boys started a rescue attempt.
Police have not verified a body that was recovered on Monday evening even as the 51-year-old man from Bracebridge is missing. A vessel from Bracebridge Fire Service was on scene combing the area. The Recovery Unit and OPP Underwater Search were also called in to assist with the search. The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit will be helping in the ongoing search.