Drownings, Boating Incidents 2017 

What can we learn from these incidents and how can we prevent them?
It's illegal to consume alcohol on a boat without amenities.
It's illegal to consume alcohol on a moving boat.

August Was Deadliest Month So Far on Lake Superior in 2017
Five people drowned in Lake Superior in August, with four drownings in a 2-week ... On August 13th, a 59-year-old Michigan man also drowned in Lake ... on Lake Huron so far, 10 in Lake Erie, and 14 drownings on Lake Ontario.

Northern Ontario woman dies after kayak capsizes, provincial police say
KENORA, Ont. — Provincial police in northern Ontario say a 57-year-old woman died after a kayak capsized in a lake. Kenora OPP say they received ..Bruin Lake near the Manitoba border at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Seadoos Collide Sunday, August 6th

And another one: "Preliminary investigation revealed that the Seadoos operated by two 19 year old males collided with each other while wave jumping." On Big Rideau.

Sober boating on long weekend
“There have been more than 60 drowning deaths in Ontario since the beginning of the year,” said Const. Sarah Bamford, adding that figure includes ...
Bosch said boaters who drop anchor, have cooking facilities, pump-out head (toilet) and sleeping quarters can drink alcohol aboard their boats.
“They’re fine when those conditions are met. But when they pull up anchor and head back to shore, they’re in violation of the law,” he said.
Bosch said men in their 40s and 50s are the primary offenders.

Drownings prompt calls for mandatory life-jackets, swim lessons

Drowning in Muskoka Beach Park
The body of 28-year-old Shahid Iqbal of Woodbridge was located in Muskoka Beach Park Sunday, July 30th. 

As of July 24, there were 59 drownings in Ontario this year, compared to 53 last year in the same period, according to the Lifesaving Society.

Teenager pulled from water at Britannia Beach has died

Prior to the teen's death, there had been 54 drowning-related fatalities this year in Ontario — six more than at the same time in 2016, according to the Lifesaving Society, a water safety advocacy charity. 
There have already been 54 drowning related fatalities in Ontario this year. That's six more than this time last year, according to preliminary statistics

And summer is here.
On Saturday, a 19-year-old man from Toronto died in hospital after drowning in Lake Simcoe at Sibbald Point Provincial Park after he and a friend waded into deep waters.
A man in his fifties is dead after being thrown from the boat he was in while out on Lake Ontario Sunday, near Fisherman's Pier and the Burlington ...
According to Ontario Provincial Police, a group of seven men from Toronto had rented a cottage in the area for the weekend. The men were swimming ...

The high waters this spring in Ontario have resulted in early drowning incidents.  Between that, and the spring thaw, the water has been moving fast in Central and South Ontario.
Cambridge man dies after canoe capsizes in river northeast of Goderich
Friday, April 7th
 Police investigation determined that two friends were canoeing the rapid waters of the river, when they went around a blind corner and encountered a tree that had fallen. The canoe struck the fallen tree, causing it to overturn and trap St Pierre-Beke below.
Stanley said water levels in the Nine Mile River — running from Lucknow to Port Albert, where it empties into Lake Huron — were high and fast-moving Friday.

8-year-old boy dead, Toronto man charged after canoe capsizes near Bracebridge 
Also Friday, an 8-year-old boy died after a canoe overturned on the Muskoka River and he was swept over the High Falls. Police charged an Etobicoke man, 37, with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death.

 Drownings 2016 - 19 in the Muskoka Region alone

Body of Bradley Penner, 35, of Nipigon, Ont. pulled from water at High Hill Harbour
Ontario Provincial Police said they responded to a report of a submerged male at 8:16 a.m. Superior North EMS and the Beardmore Fire Department ...
Man dies in suspected drowning at Kingston east quarry
Family members of a suspected drowning victim gather at a quarry in Kingston east Monday. Ian MacAlpine/The Whig-Standard ...

Mississauga Man Has Possibly Drowned at a EDM Music Festival
Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the possible drowning of a 21-year-old Mississauga man at Stoco Lake in Tweed, Ontario. The incident ...

Walter Sugden, who worked at the Stratford Festival for more than 40 years, drowned in Lake ...

Southwestern Ontario's drowning death toll has doubled from last year, with a month still left to go in the summer. It was a 64-year-old Stratford man. Sugden’s death brings this year’s drowning toll to eight in Southwestern Ontario, up from four last year. Most of the deaths occurred in Lake Erie.

Deadly summer on SW Ontario waterways
July 17: The body of William Johnston, 18, of Ingersoll, is recovered after he drowned while swimming in rough Lake Erie waters at Port Stanley.
July 21: A 76-year-old man snorkelling at Canatara Park beach in Sarnia is found floating face-down and later dies in hospital.
July 25: The body of Samsondeen Yusuf, 22, of Windsor, is found after he goes missing from a boat on the St. Clair River.
Aug. 1: The body of Laura Del-Bel, 56, of Farmington Hills, Mich.,is found after she disappeared while swimming near a boat on Lake Erie near Colchester Harbour in Essex County.
Aug. 11: A 45-year-old Niagara woman goes under while swimming with a friend in Lake Erie, near Port Dover. She later dies in a Toronto hospital.
Aug. 13: The body of swimmer Hussein Da Silva, 19, of Hamilton is found in the water by passersby on Lake Erie’s Long Point beach. He had been swimming with friends two hours before.
Aug. 18: Walter Sugden, 64, of Stratford, drowns in Lake Huron at Grand Bend.
Aug. 21: The body of missing swimmer Jared Grieb, 20, of Ohio, is found off Fish Point on Pelee Island in Lake Erie.

Update on near drowning

(LAMBTON, ON) – On Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 just before 4:00 p.m., the Lambton CountyOntario Provincial Police (OPP) was dispatched to Grand ...

Incident in Lake Huron near Grand Bend marks first death at tourist hot spot this year
An already-high summer death toll on Southwestern Ontario waterways ... The 2016 Ontario Drowning Report found July is the deadliest month, with ...

Ottawa paramedics try to revive teen after near pool drowning

Ottawa paramedics try to revive teen after near pool drowning ... He was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in serious ...

Spike In Drownings Linked To Ontario’s Hot, Dry Summer

Public Education Director with the Lifesaving Society Barbara Byers tells AM980 as of this past weekend there have been 75 drownings in Ontario, up from 59 at this time last year.

The 24-year-old Bryan Phillips from Richmond Hill was boating with his family in the Narrows Locks area, near Sand Island, on the Big Rideau on Aug. 12 when he fell into the water. He was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time, said the OPP.
Emergency crews respond to Centennial Beach in Barrie to search for missing teen
    A teen drowned while swimming at Barrie's Centennial Beach, Friday evening. A 16-year-old male was reported missing to Barrie police shortly after 6 ...

    So far this year 65 people have drowned in Ontario, up from 50 by this time last year

    A scorching hot summer is partially to blame for a surge indrowning deaths across the province, an expert says. As the mercury has spiked, sending ...

    A six-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being thrown from a small motor boat into the Ottawa River, along with a four-year-old girl and a 39-year-old man.
    Posted: Jul 30, 2016 4:09 PM ET

    Propeller seriously injures boy ejected from boat into Ottawa River
    "The two children were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident which both contributed greatly to their survival as well as minimizing injury and what could have certainly been a tragedy," paramedics said in a news release.

    Family of 10-year-old drowning victim planning funeral in Jamaica
      The family of Maleak Thompson, the 10-year-old Mississauga boy who drowned in Constance Bay Aug. 6, are hoping to hold his funeral in Jamaica. 

      Body pulled from St. Lawrence River in Brockville, Ont.

        Brockville police received a call late Saturday afternoon about a body near the west dock of the city's St. Lawrence Park.

        Posted: Jul 31, 2016 9:30 AM ET
        Last Updated: Jul 31, 2016 9:36 AM ET

        Man dead after drowning in residential pool in Newmarket
          York Regional Police say one man is dead after drowning in a residential pool in Newmarket. The man was discovered in the pool and he was taken 
          Girl, 3, in critical but stable condition after near drowning at pool in Scarborough
            In fact, that age represents the highest number of drownings in backyard ... The Lifesaving Society of Ontario says drowning is the second leading ...

            Update: OPP identify Sauble, Thornbury victimsIt was the second water-related death in the area over the past few days. OPP officers and Grey County paramedics were called about a possible drowning near the harbour in Thornbury at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

            Fatality occurs off Canatara Beach during National Drowning Prevention Week
            Friday, July 22, 2016
            A 76-year-old man went snorkeling with two other men at the west end of Canatara Park beach in Sarnia Thursday afternoon, beyond the section of the beach patrolled by lifeguards, and headed into Lake Huron for the site of a sunken ship wreck.

            Heroic efforts not enough to save Burk's Falls man from drowning

            July 20
            A 21-year-old Burk’s Falls man is dead after diving off a dock near the main dam on Tuesday afternoon, despite heroic efforts from first responders to save his life.

            Londoner William Johnston, 18, vanished last Thursday in Port Stanley's first drowning off its main ...
            After an agonizing three-day wait for his family, the body of an 18-year-old Londoner was recovered Sunday after he vanished in Lake Erie while swimming at Port Stanley. His drowning was the first in a dozen years at the main beach in Port Stanley, a popular Southwestern Ontario summer hotspot. Lifeguards managed ...

            Toronto man dies in suspected drowning on Six Mile Lake
            A Toronto man has died in a suspected drowning on Six Mile Lake. According to County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, the body of a 23-year-old man ...

            OPP investigate Canada Day drowning of toddler east of Ottawa
              CBC.ca July 3rd
              OPP investigate Canada Day drowning of toddler east of Ottawa ... No foul play is suspected after a two-year-old boy drowned in a backyard pool ... Canada Day, according to the Hawkesbury detachment ofOntario Provincial Police.

              Girl, 5, recovering after near drowning experience in Georgian Bay
              The Ontario Provincial Police said a five-year-old girl is recovering after a near drowning experience on Saturday. Officers responded on the scene at ...
              Lake Superior Drowning: Two Dead In Horrific Accident Off Little Presque Isle
              A man and a woman, both in their twenties, drowned in Lake Superior ... Lake Michigan, two in Lake Huron, two in Lake Erie, and two in LakeOntario.

              Body of second drowning victim found
              Toronto Sun April 7th
              Ontario Provincial Police say emergency crews responded around 7:30 p.m. and arrived to find only one of the three friends, Jonathan Nevins, 19, had ...

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