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Search underway for missing 87-year-old boater in Pickering

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Search and Rescue underway for 87-year-old boater
Durham Regional Police, along with the Coast Guard and search and rescue teams from CFB Trenton are scouring Lake Ontario for Pickering boater. The 87-year-old named Manfred was last seen sailing out of Pickering's Frenchman's Bay on Friday afternoon. Frazer Snowdon has the story. – Oct 4, 2023

Durham Regional Police say they are searching for an 87-year-old man who went missing going aboard his sailboat in Pickering.

Police said they were called to the Bayly Street and St Martins Drive area in Pickering for a well-being check. Officers were unable to find the man in his home but were able to determine he had left on Friday, police said.

Upon investigation, police discovered that Manfred had biked from his house to Frenchman’s Bay Marina where he boarded his sailboat around 12:30 p.m.

“He has not been heard from or seen since,” police said.

The missing man is named Manfred but goes by the name “Fred” and is described as being five-feet-ten, having a medium build, with grey hair.

He was last seen wearing an orange/red hat, blue shirt and beige pants.

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His sailboat, named Passat, is described as 25 feet with a blue hail and Ontario ID 50E99759.

CFB Trenton told Global News it is coordinating a search for “an overdue” vessel on Frenchman’s Bay. In a statement, a spokesperson said two Canadian Coast Guard vessels and a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft are participating in the search as it remains ongoing.

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