Boat headed for rocks at high speed just before fatal crash at Woodbine Beach, video suggests

A video taken just moments before a crash Thursday that killed one man and injured six others off Woodbine Beach appears to show their boat heading at high speed toward the rocks about 90 metres offshore.

1 man killed, 6 others injured in crash about 90 metres from crowded beach

Emergency crews were called about a boat crash near Woodbine Beach Thursday. (Paul Borkwood/CBC)

Toronto police are still trying to figure out what caused a boat crash that killed one man and injured six others Thursday off Woodbine Beach, but a video taken by a witness suggests the boat was travelling at high speed directly toward the rocks about 90 metres offshore.

The video appears to have been taken just before the accident happened at around 12:35 p.m.

A 47-year-old man involved in the crash died in hospital, police said, while three others were also taken to hospital for treatment. Of those three, two were in serious condition and one had minor injuries, Toronto paramedics told CBC News. 

Three others refused transport to the hospital and were treated at the scene, paramedics said. 

A 46-year-old man was operating the boat, identified as a 20-foot bowrider vessel, police said in an update. That man and the remaining passengers received non-life threatening injuries, they said. 

WATCH: Video taken by a witness appears to show the last moments before the fatal crash

Video captures moments before Woodbine Beach boat crash

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A witness video captured what appears to show the moments before a boat crashed into the rocks near Woodbine Beach on Thursday. 0:17

Const. David Hopkinson of Toronto police told CBC News that one person at the scene was found unresponsive, and "took a turn for the worse" on the way to hospital.

"Unfortunately that person has succumbed to their injuries and was pronounced deceased in hospital," he said.

Police say they will investigate whether speed was a factor and if alcohol was involved. They will also be determining how skilled the boat operator was, police said in an update to CBC.

Investigators want anyone who was on the beach at the time of the accident to come forward if they saw the incident or have any other video to share. 

Boat hit rocks at high speed: witnesses

The crash happened as crowds at the beach were enjoying the warm September weather. 

Witnesses say they saw a boat moving quickly before crashing into large rocks near the shore.

"It was moving pretty fast and it was moving sideways," said Mehrnoosh Izadi.

"I paid attention to it because it was getting pretty close to the rocks, but it wasn't changing direction. It didn't try to move past the just slammed into the rocks," she said. 

"I was just really worried," she said. "A lot of people were running to them to see if they were okay. No one wants to see anyone get hurt like that."


Candice Sockett, who was enjoying her day at Woodbine prior to the crash, says the accident didn't look too serious until she saw multiple paramedics and police.

It's important to use boating equipment with care, she added.

"Generally, you feel that people are being pretty safe out here, but occasionally you see people that are going too fast and going too close to things that they shouldn't be," she said. 

"I just heard a boat speeding, and I thought it was going to turn over," said Gabriela Schmenan, who was sitting on the shore when the crash happened. She says there was a large "boom" sound upon impact and that pieces of the boat were floating in the water.

It was tough to see the boat hit the rocks, she said. 

"Especially now that I learned somebody died, [it's] unbelievable." 


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