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Rescue crews hand over search for missing boater in Lake Ontario to police

Last Updated Sep 4, 2021 at 1:49 pm EDT

Toronto Police Service's marine unit on Sept. 3, 2021. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy

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.

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.