Two First Nations’ communities are mourning the loss of band members after two vehicles plunged into Frog Creek at Couchiching early Friday morning.
The OPP dive team from Orillia recovered the bodies of two men from one of the vehicles that ended up submerged in the creek near the 10th hole tee boxes at the Heron Landing Golf Course.
The victims were a 23-year-old from Whitesand First Nation, located about 235 km north of Thunder Bay, and a 30-year-old from Pic Mobert First Nation, east of Marathon.
Their names were not released.
Several others made it safely out of the water and were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Treaty #3 Police would not confirm exactly how many survivors there were.
An 18-year-old male from Thunder Bay was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, racing a motor vehicle, and driving with no licence.
He has been released, with a court appearance set for Sept. 8.
The investigation by the Treaty #3 Police, along with OPP traffic investigators and the dive team, revealed alcohol, speed, and a lack of knowledge of the area were major factors in the incident.
The Couchiching Fire Department also was on hand to assist at the scene.