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McEWEN e@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.collingwood.the_connection 2003-07-18 published
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Collingwood man killed in Muskoka mishap
Angela McEWEN, Connection Staff Writer, page 1
An early-morning boating excursion on Lake Joseph last weekend ended in tragedy for a Collingwood family, and heartache for a second one.
Peter CROMPTON, 27, is dead after a boating collision on July 13, at 5: 30 a.m.
"The one boat operated by (one Toronto man) was stationary in the water, and the second boat operated by (another Toronto man), hit the back end and landed on top of the boat," said Const. Kristine DAWSON, community services officer with the West Parry Sound Ontario Provincial Police.
"The three people who were injured were sitting in the back of the boat."
CROMPTON was pronounced dead at the scene. Clay DOLAN, 24, also from Collingwood, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
His brother, Josh, 32, from Toronto, was treated for minor injuries at the West Parry Sound Health Centre.
On Wednesday afternoon, officials at Sunnybrook listed the younger DOLAN's condition as fair.
The first boat was carrying eight people, and the second boat had five people in it. The maximum number of people allowed in a boat depends on the size of the vessel, said DAWSON.
After an investigation, police charged the 22-year-old driver of the second boat with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, driving with a blood alcohol level over 80 mg, criminal negligence causing death, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and careless boating.
A court date is set for October 2.
Drinking and operating a water vessel is as dangerous as operating a motor vehicle on a roadway or snowmobile trail. Approximately 25 to 40 per cent of boating accidents involve alcohol according to Staff Sgt. Brad SCHLORFF, with general headquarters in Orillia.
"In Ontario this year, on average, about 50 people will get killed in boating fatalities," said SCHLORFF "( But) it's not that common that a boat collides with another."
Usually boats end up hitting docks or something along the shoreline, he said. Out of the 50 people who die annually, about 42 are drownings and the rest are accidents involving boat collisions, said SCHLORFF.
"First of all, (a person's) balance is affected, and when you fall down in your boat, you fall overboard and then run the risk of drowning," said SCHLORFF. " You're not in a stable platform."
For the past 20 years, the public has been inundated with warnings about the hazards of drinking and operating a boat, he added. The message, apparently, is still not getting through to a significant number of people.
CROMPTON is a graduate of Collingwood's National Ski Academy and was a member of the Ontario Alpine Ski Team. He competed in the World University Games, the U.S.A. Junior Championships and the Nor-Am Race Series, both nationally and internationally.
The visitation for CROMPTON was held at Fawcett's Funeral Home Collingwood chapel on Wednesday evening, and the funeral took place Thursday afternoon at Trinity United Church.

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