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Moore Lake drowning could have been prevented with life jackets

(HALIBURTON, ON) – Members of the Haliburton Highlands OPP have obtained further information surrounding the canoeing incident on Moore Lake in Minden that occurred on September 12, 2020 at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Four individuals; a man, a woman, and two young children were paddling on Moore Lake when their canoe capsized. Boaters in the area arrived on the scene to support the family in distress.

The boaters were able to safely rescue the woman and the two children. The man involved had already slipped under the water.

The OPP commends the members of the public for helping out in rescuing several swimmers in distress. Regardless of the exact sequence of events, unfortunately, a life was lost.

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OPP encourages all Ontarians to take personal responsibility for ensuring water safety for themselves and their children. It is important for everyone to be aware of proper boating and swimming practices.

The OPP would like to remind Ontarians that there is no one single cause that leads to drownings but there are common contributors.

Here are a few safety reminders to consider as we conclude boating season:

Wearing a lifejacket or a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on a vessel or in the water can dramatically increase your chances of surviving a boating incident.
Alcohol and water do not mix. Don’t drink and swim and do not operate a vessel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Learn how to swim – Contact your local recreation centre for further information about lessons in your area.

For those who witnessed the incident but didn’t speak to the police, we encourage them to reach out to Haliburton Highlands OPP and speak with the investigators.

The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP values your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please call the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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