Missing boater identified as Oakville man


Published October 7, 2020 at 1:58 pm


The boater missing on Lake Ontario has been identified as an Oakville man.

Halton Regional Police say Eric Quimby is believed to have left the Oakville Club Marina yesterday (October 6) at approximately 10:40 a.m. for a short sail west towards Stoney Creek. They say Quimby is a skilled sailor with more than 30 years experience and makes this trip often.

Police were contacted yesterday evening when Quimby did not return. He  is believed to be the only person on board. The boat is equipped with a motor.

Quimby is 65-years-old and described white, 5-foot-10, 220 lbs with a medium build, short blonde hair, and blue eye.

He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark sweater and red shorts. He is believed to have additional clothing including sweaters and wind breakers on the vessel.   

The vessel is described as a 30-foot sailboat with a red and white hull.

​Police are currently working directly with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton. The coordinated search is ongoing at this time and involves vessels from Halton, Peel, Toronto, and the Coast Guard. Aircraft from Trenton are also involved in the search.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Quimby or if they believe they have seen his boat are asked to contact police immediately. 

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