Provincial police say a 24-year-old man from Georgian Bay at Balm Beach Monday afternoon has died.
According to Southern Georgian Bay OPP, the Toronto resident was some distance from shore and went into distress, then disappeared beneath the surface of the water. Bystanders were able to locate him, and he was brought to shore, using a paddleboard, where CPR was administered in an attempt to revive him.
County of Simcoe paramedics, Tiny Township firefighters and Southern Georgian Bay OPP arrived on the scene and continued life-saving efforts.
The man was brought to a local hospital then airlifted to a Toronto trauma centre where he was pronounced deceased.
Police say his name is being withheld until next of kin are notified.
A post-mortem will be done.
Here are a few safety reminders to consider when enjoying the final weekends of the season: (from Southern Georgian Bay OPP)
- Supervise children in and around water. Stay within arms’ reach of children under five.
- Look before you jump. Spinal injuries are catastrophic – often resulting in paralysis. Enter the water feet first.
- Always swim with a buddy. Most drowning victims can swim. Learn lifesaving skills so you can save yourself and help to save a buddy.
- Wear a lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on a vessel or in the water.
- Alcohol and water do not mix. Don’t drink and swim and do not operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.