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Woman dies falling overboard Manitoulin ferry

Manitoulin OPP say woman is believed to have jumped
The MS Chi-Cheemaun runs between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. (OSTC photo)

A woman found dead on June 21 after falling overboard the Chi-Cheemaun ferry in Lake Huron is believed to have jumped off the vessel.

The Manitoulin OPP's media officer, Const. Marie Ford, confirmed in an email to the deceased is a 20-year-old woman from Brampton. The OPP said it would not be releasing her name.

Manitoulin and Grey Bruce OPP responded to the call around 11:26 p.m. on June 21, joined shortly thereafter by the Manitoulin OPP Marine Unit and the Canadian Coast Guard, which were able to locate the body of the deceased.

The Manitoulin OPP are continuing the investigation, but at this point in time, police say the death is not being considered suspicious.

Running between May and October each year, the Chi-Cheemaun ferry travels from South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island to Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.

The Chi-Cheemaun is owned and operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC).

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of this passenger in this time of tragic loss,” said Susan Schrempf, president and CEO of the OSTC, in a written statement.

“Out of respect to those who have lost their dear friend and family member, we will not be making any further public statements.”