Provincial police are reminding the public of the dangers of open water after tragedy struck again in the waters of Lake Erie this weekend.
Norfolk County OPP responded to Long Point after reports of a 19-year-old male who drowned at around 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Officers say three people were swimming in Outer Bay when one went under the water and didn’t resurface.
Police and the Canadian Coast Guard, along with their Hurcules aircraft, worked to locate the man, but because of poor conditions had to call off the search. At around 7:15 p.m., two people walking along the beach in Long Point Provincial Park located the missing man in the water and tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Hussein Da Silva of Hamilton, the fifth person to drown in Lake Erie in the last few weeks.
Last Thursday, Haldimand County OPP responded to reports of female that became in distress while in the waters of Lake Erie near Selkirk.
Police say a 45-year-old woman was swimming with another friend approximately 60 to 100 feet from shore when she went under the water and never resurfaced. Her friend attempted to locate her and began to yell for help drawing the attention of the bystanders.
Witnesses helped locate the woman brought her back to shore where CPR was performed. When emergency crews arrived, she was then flown by air ambulance to a Toronto area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The victim has since been identified as 45-year-old Tracy Quinlan of Niagara, Ontario.