Nova Scotia

2 men in serious condition after racing boat capsizes

Two men are in serious condition after a racing boat capsized in waters off of the Falls Point Wharf in Lower Woods Harbour in Shelburne County Saturday, just before noon.

Two men are in serious condition after a racing boat capsized in waters off of the Falls Point Wharf in Lower Woods Harbour in Shelburne County Saturday afternoon.  

At 11:50 a.m., Barrington RCMP responded to a call of a racing boat that had capsized near Falls Point Wharf.  

Spectators watching from the shoreline used a small speedboat to rescue the two people in the capsized vessel.   

Two Woods Harbour men, ages 49 and 55, were treated at the scene by personnel from Emergency Health Services and the local volunteer fire department. The men were transported to Yarmouth Regional Hospital with serious injuries.  

Const. Dave Toope said the investigation is ongoing.  

"We have an idea what occurred but we're still investigating the incident," he said.  

Toope said the races are popular in the area.  

"These types of race boats, they attract a large crowd, so there were multiple spectators and witnesses," said Toope.  

"There's a Nova Scotia Boat Racers Association that... do multiple races throughout the summer. It draws large crowds and people down here really enjoy it."  

The schedule posted on NSBRA's website said Saturday's race in Shelburne, scheduled for 2 p.m., had been postponed due to windy conditions.

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