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Family on kayaks struck on Three Mile Lake, seadoo operator faces charges

Two adults and a child were taken to hospital with minor injuries and released while the Sea-Doo passenger was also treated for minor injuries and released from hospital
Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a call on Three Mile Lake just before 2:30 p.m. after residents watched a Sea-Doo with two occupants collide with a family of three on a kayak about 150 meters from the shore. Muskoka Lakes Fire and Muskoka EMS attended the location to assist with multiple injured parties that were in the lake. Two adults and one child were transported to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries then released. The 28-year-old female passenger of the personal watercraft was also released from the hospital with minor injuries. All parties involved in the collision were wearing their personal floatation device (PFD).

Police arrested and charged 28-year-old Tara Conetta of Toronto, Ont. with the following:

  • Impaired operation CC 320.14(1)(a)
  • Over 80 CC 320.14(1)(b)
  • Fail to keep proper look out and failure to have proof of competency on board of pleasure craft contrary to the Canadian Shipping Act. 

She will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Bracebridge on Sept. 21, 2021 to answer to her charges.

The OPP is reminding Ontario residents and tourists that being well-informed about Ontario safe boating practices and laws will help ensure an enjoyable and tragedy-free summer on the water. Alcohol/drug-impaired operation of a motorized marine vessel is dangerous. Please call 911 if you suspect someone on the water to be impaired by alcohol or drugs. In doing so this could be saving lives, including your own.