Canoe capsizes, man drowns in Big Cedar Lake

NORTH KAWARTHA Twp. – On May 25, 2010 at approximately 7:15 PM, two male adults were canoeing on Big Cedar Lake.

The males were approximately 150 metres from shore when their canoe capsized. Two other men who were nearby, immediately attended the area of the capsized canoe in order to assist. Upon their arrival, they were able to locate a 32-year-old male and assist him to shore.

The other male could not be located and a 911 call was placed to have emergency personnel attend the scene.

Members of the North Kawartha Fire Department, EMS and Peterborough County OPP attended the scene. The body of the second male was subsequently located by the fire department in approximately 7 metres of water – 100 metres from shore. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neither of the males had lifejackets and they had no other emergency equipment in the canoe.

The deceased has been identified as Kostas Danny MARKOS (27 yrs, of Scarborough).

A post mortem examination was conducted on May 26, 2010 and the cause of death was determined to be drowning.

The OPP would like to remind the public in regard to the importance of wearing a lifejacket and carrying the proper emergency equipment with you. All canoes are required to have the following equipment on board:

+ One lifejacket or PFD for each person

+ One buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres long

+ One bailer

+ One sound-signalling device or appliance

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