A man died Sunday afternoon after a paddle boat he was in sank in Lovesick Lake, near Ojibway Drive in Burleigh Falls.
OPP were called to the scene just after 1:30 p.m. Police say the 28-year-old man from Whitchurch-Stouffville was pulled to shore. Bystanders performed CPR but the man was later pronounced dead at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
Police said several men had just finished a roofing project at a near by cottage resort and they went out on the water in a canoe and a paddle boat. The paddle boat began to take on water and sank with a man in it. A life-jacket was in the paddle boat.
Aydan Taylor: “There was a man on the dock who was purple and blue choking on his own puke…
Aydan Taylor can’t forget the sight of a man lying on Byer’s Dock after being pulled from Lovesick Lake on Sunday afternoon.
Taylor: His hands were curled, his feet were curled. He was black and blue and bleeding at the lips. The blood vessels in his eyes were all popped out…he didn’t have much time left.
Peterborough County OPP say several employees with a Toronto-area roofing company decided to go fishing after they had finished work at a nearby cottage resort in Burleigh Falls.
But within a few minutes on the lake, a paddleboat took on water and sank with a man aboard.
Const. Jason Folz: One was in a paddle boat and two were in a canoe when they saw the man in distress in the paddle boat they came over to try to assist.
The canoiests pulled the man out of the water and brought him to the dock. They flagged down Taylor along Fire Route 6 who called 9-1-1 and then started performing CPR on the unconscious man.
Taylor: I tried giving him CPR until he was choking too much. So I flipped him onto his back smacked the backside until he coughed out water and puke. And a paramedic on the phone said to keep giving him c-p-r until they arrived.
Taylor said his cousin Adrian Webb and an OPP officer took over CPR as Taylor ran to road to lead paramedics to the remote scene.
The 28-year-old man from Whitchurch-Stouffville was taken to PRHC where he was later pronounced dead
Taylor: I tried my best – I had never given CPR before but I stayed with him for over 5 minutes pumping his heart…
Police are warning boaters to take precautions since water levels are high, temperatures are cold and currents are fast.
That includes wearing a life-jacket – one was found in the paddleboat.
Folz: The gentleman wasn’t a very strong swimmer and probably should have had that life-jacket on.
Greg Davis: The name of the victim has yet to be released and an autopsy is scheduled in Toronto later this week.