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Man’s body recovered from Bell Rapids Lake north of Bancroft: OPP

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OPP divers recovered a man's body from Bell Rapids Lake on Monday afternoon. Police launched a search on Sunday night following reports of an unoccupied vessel on the lake located north of Bancroft – May 31, 2021

OPP divers recovered the body of a missing boater from a lake north of Bancroft on Monday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Annie Collins at the OPP’s East Region headquarters, around 8 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to Bell Rapids Lake for reports of an unoccupied vessel and a man believed to be in the lake located about 55 kilometres north of Bancroft.

Collins say Bancroft OPP officers along with firefighters, paramedics and the OPP’s emergency response team, marine and helicopter services launched a search of the lake.

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On Monday morning, the OPP’s underwater search and recovery unit also arrived to help in the search.

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Police say the body of a 60-year-old man was recovered around 12:18 p.m. Monday, Collins said.

On Tuesday morning, OPP identified the victim as Albert Kuno, 60, of Combermere, Ont.

The office for the Chief Coroner of Ontario is leading the investigation with the assistance from the Bancroft OPP. A post mortem-exam has been scheduled. Foul play is not suspected, police said.

It was the second missing boater in the Municipality of Hastings Highlands in May after the body of an Ajax man was recovered from Mink Lake on May 20.

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