8-year-old boy dead, Toronto man charged after canoe capsizes near Bracebridge

Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press/File

BRACEBRIDGE, Ont. – Police say an eight-year-old boy has died and a man is facing charges after a canoe capsized in the Muskoka River on Friday.

Ontario Provincial Police say the canoe overturned near High Falls in Bracebridge, Ont., and both people in the canoe – the man and the boy – were thrown into the river.

When officers got to the scene, the man said he didn’t know where the boy was.

OPP say that although the boy was wearing a life-jacket, he had gone over the waterfall.

Emergency crews tried CPR, and took the boy to the hospital, but he later died of his injuries.

Investigators say 37-year-old Toronto man has been charged with impaired operation of a vessel causing death, and care and control over 80 milligrams.

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He’s scheduled to appear in a Bracebridge court on May 9.

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