Police looking for missing Toronto canoeist (update: found)


OPP says two Toronto men, lacking safety equipment, ventured into a small canoe, which later overturned


Update June 14:
At approximately 8:00 p.m. on June 13, 2022, divers from the OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Unit (USRU) found and removed the body of the missing male canoeist from Georgian Bay.

The deceased has been identified as that of Mateusz Janus, 29 years old Toronto. An autopsy will be performed in Toronto in the near future to determine the cause of death.

The researchers would like to thank everyone who contributed to this study.

June 13th original release:
SMALL TOWN Naval officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment were dispatched at 8:25 a.m. on June 13 to a report of a man who had disappeared after one of the two male canoeists was rescued from the waters of Georgian Bay, about 300 yards from the coast and about halfway between Cedar Point, Beausoleil First Nation and Mark’s Point, Tiny Township.

Investigators were assisted in the search today (June 13) by members of the Beausoleil First Nation Fire Service, the crew of the Beausoleil First Nations ferry Indian Maiden, Tiny Township Fire Service, County of Simcoe Paramedic Service, a search and Hercules rescue aircraft from 424 Squadron Trenton led by the Joint Rescue and Co-ordination Center (JRCC) in Trenton.

The OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Unit (USRU) was later dispatched to the scene to assist in the search for the missing second canoeist, a 29-year-old man from Toronto, in the deep and cold (6 degrees Celsius) waters of Georgian Bay.

On June 13, the missing 29-year-old and rescued 36-year-old Toronto man ventured onto Georgian Bay in a small canoe without safety equipment and later capsized, with only the 36-year-old man being rescued by a nearby kayaker. The rescued man was transported to a hospital in the region for treatment for cold water exposure.

The investigation and search continues.

Educating the public about safe boating practices, along with cold water survival and life jacket use, is a priority with our community safety partners. If you see a potentially disabled operator, “Make the Call” and call 911 and help prevent a marine incident.