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Family and friends are remembering the victims of a fatal boat collision near Kingston, Ontario. -Kingston

The OPP are investigating a fatal boating over the Victoria Day long weekend on a lake north of Kingston, Ont., after three people died and five were injured.

Authorities say a speedboat collided with a fishing boat around 9:30 p.m. on May 18, in the Bucks Bay area of ​​Bobs Lake. Three people died, between 21 and 23 years old.

All three had graduated from high schools in the Limestone School District. Their names were Riley Orr, Juliette Cote and Kaila Bearman.

In a statement emailed to Global News, the district said it is working with schools to ensure students receive the support they may need, adding that educational services staff are available to students for as long as possible. necessary.

The Kingston Area High School Athletic Association held a moment of silence before a baseball game between Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School and Sydenham High School on Tuesday.

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According to the association’s sports coordinator, Paul Pennell, the victims were former student athletes of the association.

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“One from Sydenham, one from Regiopolis and one from LaSalle,” he said.

Remembering the lives lost, Pennell said Orr had graduated from Sydenham High School and was a pitcher for the Golden Eagles. His old number was represented at Tuesday’s game. Cote, he said, graduated from LaSalle High School and was a field hockey and soccer player. And Bearman, who had graduated from Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in 2021, had played volleyball and soccer.

“It is a sad day for (the association). We will honor these three individuals all week with our football championships tonight and tomorrow,” Pennell said. “These three will be in our thoughts and prayers all week and until the end of the season.”

“Several other people were transported to the hospital, one of them with serious injuries by Air Orange,” said Bill Dickson, OPP Eastern Region media coordinator. “The investigation is ongoing…our thoughts are with the families at this time.”

No charges have been filed so far and the OPP say there are no updates on the status of the other five taken to the hospital.

“There were still people in the water when lifeguards arrived,” Dickson said.

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The speed limit for boaters in the area is 10 km/h. Speaking to Global News on Monday, some residents near the collision site said they knew of the speedboat involved in the accident.

“That speedboat is known to go pretty fast,” Paul Hogan said. Another resident, Bob Main, noted that while he does not know the boat’s owner, he has seen the boat frequent the waters.

“That boat is incredibly fast,” he said. “Everyone knows that boat.”

While the investigation is still ongoing, no information has been released on whether speed, alcohol or a lack of navigation lights played a role in the fatal incident.

– with files from Global’s Katylyn Poberznick and Fawwaz Muhammad-Yusuf


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