Police recover body of boater whose canoe capsized on Peter Lake in Hastings County

39-year-old Sovann Chhay of Ottawa went missing on Saturday afternoon

An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) police car. (Photo: OPP)

Police have recovered the body of a boater who went missing Saturday afternoon (August 13) on Peter Lake, located around three kilometres east of Coe Hill in Wollaston Township in Hastings County.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, members of the Bancroft Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Wollaston Fire Department responded to a report that a canoe had capsized on Peter Lake, with one person missing.

A local resident had unsuccessfully attempted to rescue the boater before the arrival of police and fire, who continued to search the area but were unable to locate the boater.

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The OPP’s underwater search and recover unit joined the search and, just before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, found the body of the missing boater.

Police have identified the victim as 39-year-old Sovann Chhay of Ottawa.

Police are continuing their investigation and a post-mortem examination is being conducted.