Boy, 15, latest child to drown in Ont. waters this month 0
The body of a 15-year-old boy was pulled from the waters of an Ontario lake
Police said the boy was visiting a cottage on Baxter Lake, in Georgian Bay,
about 150 km north of Toronto.
He was swimming with friends when he ran into difficulty around 4:00 p.m.
and disappeared beneath the surface, police said.
It is believed he drowned.
Police said they recovered his body around 9:00 p.m., when the coroner
pronounced him dead.
The name of the boy has not been released. Police would only identify him as
being from Ancaster, Ont.
The number of children who have died in Ont. waterways this month has
alarmed the province's chief coroner and other officials.
"Many people just don't realize that you really do need to learn to swim. I
don't think the priority is as high as it should be," said Barbara Byers of
the Ontario Lifesaving Society. "Our most recent survey that we have says
that 46% of kids have ever taken lessons."
According to the society, drowning is the number one cause of accidental
death among kids in Canada between ages one and four and the second leading
cause of preventable death for kids under 10 year old.
Two boys - one six, one just 21 months old - drowned within a little more
than 24 hours, July 22 and 23, in the waters around Manitoulin Island.
Police said both drownings occurred during family functions. A traditional
native funeral was held last Friday for Waaweyeseh Bell, 6, of the
Wikwemikong First Nation.
A nine-year-old boy died July 18 after his body was pulled from Georgian
On July 14, police recovered the body of a 12-year-old Toronto boy, whose
name has not been released, from the waters of a beach in Port Colborne.
A day earlier David Harder, 7, and his sister Lisa Harder, 10, drowned at a
Lake Erie beach in Port Burwell.