Deadly weekend on provincial waters
Published Monday, August 6, 2012 6:04PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 6, 2012 6:40PM EDT
The body of a Mississauga man has been found approximately six kilometers east of the main beach of Long Point Provincial Park.
Police say 43-year-old Walter Santos was swimming when he disappeared under the water.
His two children aged 12 and 15 had been swimming with him and had just left the water when witnesses say they saw that the man was in distress.
People on the beach joined firefighters to form a human chain but police say the strong current forced them to stop rescue efforts.
Hours earlier, it was a desperate scene on the shore of Lake Ontario where two young brothers were pulled from the water Sunday morning.
Neither the17or 22-year-old men had a pulse when they were found. Paramedics tried incredibly hard to save them, but they both died in hospital. It’s believed the men had been camping near the Scarborough beach and went for a swim.
Windy conditions made for a tough rescue.
It’s still unclear how long the men were in the water or what caused their distress.
Police are not releasing their identities at the families’ request.
There’s an extensive search for a 26-year-old man who disappeared after canoeing in Lake Ontario.
Near Peterborough, a search has been called off for a man who jumped off a house boat..
Water safety experts say this latest string highlights a common problem over confidence in one’s swimming skills.
And although none of this weekend’s victims were children, statistics show they’re the most at risk.
For Canadian children, drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death. Every year the lives of about 60 kids or two full classrooms are cut short by their time in the water.
Lifeguard Jackie Hovius says whether you’re in a backyard pool or at the beach. It’s important for parents to remember to keep a close eye and hand on their kids. “If they’re under 7, they always have to be within an arms reach just to make sure the parent is keeping focused on the child.”
In the case of the ongoing search for the canoeist in Lake Ontario, family members of the missing man say he is not an experienced swimmer. Police say they recovered a life vest he had been wearing.
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