Rescue Call on Lake Winnipeg a Hoax, Man Charged

A call of distress about an overturned boat carrying 16 people on Lake Winnipeg turned out to be a hoax.

At around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, Gimli RCMP were dispatched after a report a boat had capsized, leaving 13 people in the water.

RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard, local emergency services, and a Hercules aircraft from CFB Trenton all responded.

A 36-year-old man from the Matlock area is facing a number of charges.

RCMP say a Coast Guard vessel located the man and his watercraft about one kilometre from the Winnipeg Beach harbour.

Police are continuing to investigate.

UPDATE: Thursday, August 2James Scott, 36, has been charged with impaired operation of a vessel/boat, impaired care and control of a vessel/boat, and public mischief. RCMP say additional charges may be filed.

— Staff

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