Six died in cottage country waterways so far this year

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There has been a rash of drownings in cottage country this summer, with six dead so far.

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On Tuesday shortly after 3:00 p.m., Orillia OPP were called after a man failed to surface after swimming in Deep Bay on Sparrow Lake in Severn Township.

Witnesses were able to get the male to shore but Roland Jonker, 76, from Toronto, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Just days earlier on Saturday shortly after 7:00 p.m., Bracebridge OPP responded to a swimmer in distress on the south branch of the Muskoka River off Golden Beach Rd. after an 18-year-old male did not resurface when swimming.

The search had to be called off due to visibility, but the next day the body of Noel Caoile, 18, of Mississauga was recovered.

Tha came one day after Bracebridge OPP officers on Friday attended a reported drowning in Arnolds Bay near Moon Basin Marina for a male that had gone under near the docks.

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At about 4:30 p.m. underwater search teams recovered the body of 61 year-old Errol Knight of Caledon.

On June 25, a swimmer in Doe Lake near Katrine north of Huntsville went missing.

The body of Alexei Golovbev, 53, of Brantford was recovered.

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On June 27 at about 2:00 p.m., members of the Huntsville OPP and Muskoka EMS responded to reports of a drowning in Port Sydney.

The call reported that three males in their 20s were last seen in the water near the rapids at the south end of Mary Lake.

After an hour-long search, 22 and 23-year-old males were transported to hospital, where the oldest of the pair later died.

A 20-year-old male was found dead by the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit. The names of the dead have been withheld.


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