Body of Kincardine woman recovered from Lake Huron

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By Barb McKay

A 67-year-old Kincardine woman is dead after the car she was driving went off the north pier into Lake Huron last Tuesday.

The OPP Search and Recovery Unit assisted the South-Bruce OPP and Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services last Wednesday in recovering a car and the body of a Kincardine woman from Lake Huron near the north pier. (Barb McKay photo)

 

The South Bruce OPP, Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department and Bruce County EMS responded to a report that a vehicle had gone off the pier shortly before 4 p.m. Witnesses at the scene said the car skirted around barriers that had been recently installed at the entrance to the north pier by the municipality to prevent vehicle traffic.

Strathroy residents Elizabeth Rowell and her husband were in Kincardine on a day trip when the incident occurred.

“We were walking towards the pier to go for a walk and we saw a small car driving quite quickly down the pier,” she said.

Rowell said fishermen on the pier attempted to stop the car, but were unable.

Emergency responders were on the pier until sunset, assisted by members of the Saugeen Shores Police Service, and used two Zodiac boats to try and locate the vehicle. Kincardine CAO Murray Clarke arrived at the harbour shortly after 4 p.m. to speak with emergency services and municipal staff who were on scene. He said the barriers that were installed on the pier were a recommendation that came out of an aquatic safety audit conducted earlier this year. In January, emergency crews were called out to the north pier when a pickup truck that had driven out onto the pier slipped off into the lake.

“If there are any improvements we can effect we will certainly look at them,” Clarke said.

On Wednesday, new yellow barriers were installed along the top of the channel wall. That afternoon, the OPP Search and Recovery Unit attended and assisted the South Bruce OPP in locating the vehicle and body of the Kincardine woman. Foul play is not suspected.