Sudbury man drowns in Halfway Lake during attempt to help kayaker who had capsized
A 23-year-old Sudbury man drowned in Halfway Lake over the weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police said Tuesday. (File)
SUDBURY -- A 23-year-old Sudbury man drowned in Halfway Lake over the weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police said Tuesday.
The Nipissing West OPP and Sudbury Emergency Medical Services responded to a report of a possible drowning in Halfway Lake at the Halfway Lake Provincial Park, Antrim Township.
The victim has been identified as Rishabh Shah, police said.
"Investigation revealed a group of seven people went out on Halfway Lake at approximately 6 p.m.," police said in a news release. "Three males were in one canoe, two males in another canoe and two kayaks had sole occupants."
One of the kayaks capsized an hour into the trip, and one of the three men in the canoe jumped into the water to try and help his friend.
"As he jumped out, the canoe overturned, thus sending the other two males in the water," police said. "One of the males went under water and was subsequently located by one of his friends in a semi-conscious state."
The victim, now identified as Shah, was taken to shore and then to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"All seven individuals were not wearing a lifejacket nor did they have any lifejackets or lifesaving equipment on board," police said. "Alcohol was not involved."
A post-mortem examination has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing under the direction of the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service. Foul play is not suspected.