Search underway for missing Toronto man, 84, after boat washes up near Burlington Lift Bridge

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Toronto police say a search for Peter Ashby, 84, is underway after a sailboat washed up near the Burlington Lift Bridge early Friday morning with no one on board. (Martin Trainor/CBC - image credit)
Toronto police say a search for Peter Ashby, 84, is underway after a sailboat washed up near the Burlington Lift Bridge early Friday morning with no one on board. (Martin Trainor/CBC - image credit)

A search of Lake Ontario is underway after a sailboat was found washed up near the Burlington Lift Bridge early Friday morning with no one on board.

Toronto police say Peter Ashby, 84, was last seen leaving the Queen City Yacht Club on his sailboat named Resolute around noon on Thursday.

"He had taken his 27-foot sailboat out for a cruise around the Toronto island," said Const. David Hopkinson.

The boat was found near fisherman's pier by the Burlington Lift Bridge around 2:30 a.m., according to police in Hamilton, who said their counterparts in Toronto asked other emergency agencies to help search for the missing boat.

Searchers had been scanning the lake throughout the night.

Police say although the boat was located, no one was found on board.

The Toronto police marine unit, Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force are continuing to search for Ashby.

Police shared a photo of him on social media Friday morning, along with a description saying the 84-year-old is believed to be wearing beige shorts with a green jacket and a Tilley hat.

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