Rescue crews have turned over the search for a missing 84-year-old boater in Lake Ontario to police.
Toronto police say the boat’s operator, who they identified as Peter Ashby, left the Queen City Yacht Club on the Toronto Islands at noon Thursday and did not return.
Peter Ashby, 84
– Last seen September 2, 12 pm, Queen City Yacht Club
– 5'5, 160, thin build, short white hair, clean shaven
– Beige shorts, green jacket, white t-shirt, white 'Tilley' hat
– On 27' white sailboat "Resolute"
– Anyone with info 416 808-5200#GO1679626
— Toronto Police Operations (@TPSOperations) September 3, 2021
Police in Hamilton say his 27-foot sailboat was found around 2:30 a.m. on Friday near the lift bridge entrance to Hamilton Harbour, just below the Burlington Skyway.
The Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Armed Forces search and rescue teams were assisting with the search, but say after 107 hours of combined searching, they are turning over the search to police as a missing persons case.
After 107 hours of combined searching since Thursday, JRCC Trenton has made the difficult decision to hand over the search for a person whose boat was found aground near Burlington canal, Friday, to police as a missing person case. Our thoughts are with family and friends
— Trenton JRCC CCCOS (@JRCCTrentCCCOS) September 4, 2021