Police have laid criminal charges against a Toronto-area man after a eight-year-old boy died in a canoeing incident in the Muskoka River near Bracebridge, Ont., on Friday.
Bracebridge OPP and emergency services were called to the river near High Falls after a canoe with a man and eight-year-old boy overturned.
Both canoe occupants were thrown into the river and were wearing life jackets.
When emergency responders arrived they located the man who allegedly said the boy was swept away over High Falls.
The child was found and transported to hospital where he later died.
David Sillars, 37, of Etobicoke is charged with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to please call Bracebridge OPP at (888)310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.