Charges laid against Sea-Doo operator following investigation into fatal incident in Gander Bay

Carmanville, Newfoundland and Labrador – Twenty-four-year-old Kyle Mullett of Davidsville is facing a number of charges following an investigation by Carmanville RCMP into a personal watercraft fatality in Gander Bay that happened on June 6, 2020.

Following the investigation into the incident, Mullett was charged on September 8, 2020, under the Small Vessel Regulations for not having a personal flotation device or a life jacket of appropriate size for himself, as the operator of the Sea-Doo, or for his passenger, who died during the incident. He was also charged under this legislation for not having a required buoyant heaving line on board the Sea-Doo and for not having his personal watercraft licenced. A further charge under the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations was laid for not having a licence to operate a pleasure craft.

Mullet is set to appear in court on December 1, 2020 to answer to the charges.

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UPDATE: Body of missing 24-year-old man recovered from Gander Bay

June 8, 2020

Carmanville, Newfoundland and Labrador – The body of the 24-year-old man, missing in the waters of Gander Bay since a Sea Doo he was on overturned on June 6, has been recovered.

RCMP NL’s Underwater Recovery Team, Bonavista Ground Search and Rescue and Deer Lake Ground Search and Rescue began today’s search early this morning. The body was recovered late this afternoon.

The family has been notified. We extend our heartfelt condolences to them and all the loved ones of the young man.

The RCMP thanks its partners who supported the search efforts: Canadian Coast Guard, 9 Wing Gander, Bonavista Ground Search and Rescue, Gander Bay Fire Department and Deer Lake Ground Search and Rescue.

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June 7, 2020

Search efforts continue for man missing in the waters of Gander Bay

Carmanville, Newfoundland and Labrador – Carmanville RCMP and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team are in Clarke’s Head today to continue the search for a 24-year-old man who remains missing in the waters of Gander Bay after a Sea Doo, on which he was a passenger, overturned yesterday, June 7.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. yesterday, RCMP were notified that two men were in the water 150 feet or more off shore as a result of a Sea Doo overturning in Gander Bay.

A bystander went into the water, rescued the operator of the Sea Doo and attempted to rescue the passenger but could not reach him before he became submerged.

Bonavista Ground Search and Rescue, a helicopter from 9 Wing Gander, Canadian Coast Guard and the Gander Bay Fire Department joined in the search, which concluded for the evening at approximately 9:00 p.m. last night. There were no sightings of the missing man, who was not wearing a life jacket.

RCMP NL’s Underwater Recovery Team are searching the waters today. Bonavista Ground Search and Rescue and the Canadian Coast Guard continue to assist. As well, Deer Lake Ground Search and Rescue has joined the search effort.

An update will be provided should new information become available.

Carmanville RCMP

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