Rescue workers looking for a boater reported missing near Saint-Placide yesterday have recovered a body.

The discovery was made this morning after a search was launched for a 55-year-old man whose boat was found abandoned last night.

The search was focused on the Lake of Two Mountains and the Ottawa River after the man failed to turn up at the Saint-Placide marina, located west of Oka.

The identity of the remains found have not been identified.


The missing man's boat was located at nearby Carillon Island overnight.

Nathalie Letendre, spokeswoman for the Canadian Coast Guard, said the amount of algae on the anchor chain means the boat has been in the same spot since at least Monday.

A Hercules plane was brought in an scoured the area until it got too dark last night.

"The [search] operation was ongoing until 2 a.m. last night," Letendre said. "Some little islands were also checked for this person."

The search resumed at 6 a.m. this morning.

Rescuers set up a command post at the marina and have launched a coordinated search that also involved five fire services from the Laurentians.

The boat was found in good condition about 20 metres off the shore of the island with its ladder down, police said. That suggests he may have tried to swim to shore.

This morning provincial police divers were on scene to assist the search.

Police say the man was an experienced boater.