Mississauga man dead after falling into lake without lifejacket


Published August 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm

A Mississauga man has been pronounced dead following a drowning at Lake Simcoe in rural Ramara Township.

At approximately 3:50 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, Orillia OPP and emergency services responded to two people in distress who had fallen off their personal watercraft near Bonnie Beach.

“Neither person was wearing a lifejacket,” said police.

One person was rescued from the water by members of the public. The other was found submerged in the water with help from an OPP Helicopter.

The drowning victim was retrieved by Ramara Fire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

He has been identified as 54 year old Mississauga man Tony Chan.

His family was notified shortly after his death.

Police are taking the opportunity to remind the public about the safety of using personal floatation devices (PFD) such as lifejackets when out on the water.

“With capsized vessels and falling overboard the top contributing factors in boating deaths every year, a significant number of lives stand to be saved if boaters, personal watercraft users and paddlers wore a lifejacket or personal floatation device,” said police.

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