Man dies in wa­ter­craft ac­ci­dent, in busy day on lake and in pool

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - JOANNA FRKETICH jfr­ketich@thes­pec.com 905-526-3349 | @Jfr­ketich

A 51-year-old man is dead af­ter a boat­ing in­ci­dent near Fish­er­man’s Pier and the Burling­ton Canal Lift Bridge.

A Sea-Doo jet boat with two chil­dren and two men on board was swamped af­ter mak­ing a sharp turn in choppy wa­ter at about 4:20 p.m. Sun­day. One of the men fell over­board as the peo­ple on the par­tially-sub­merged boat tried to move around.

The man was in Lake On­tario for roughly 15 min­utes as a num­ber of nearby boats came to his aid and called 911. Both Hamil­ton Beach Res­cue and the Hamil­ton Po­lice Ser­vice Ma­rine Unit re­sponded. The Hamil­ton Fire Depart­ment was also on scene to as­sist.

The man had no vi­tal signs when he was pulled from the wa­ter. Of­fi­cers in the ma­rine unit did CPR be­fore he was rushed to hos­pi­tal by Hal­ton Re­gion paramedics.

The chil­dren and the other man on the boat had no in­juries and were brought safely to shore.

It was one of three wa­ter res­cues in Hamil­ton Sun­day af­ter­noon.

Two 13-year-old girls were res­cued from a swim­ming pool on Josephine Drive on cen­tral Moun­tain at about 6:21 p.m.

At least one of the girls was orig­i­nally re­ported to emer­gency ser­vices as un­con­scious af­ter an in­ci­dent in the pool, where it’s be­lieved they bumped into each other.

When paramedics and fire­fight­ers ar­rived, both teens were con­scious and out of the pool.

Both girls were taken to hos­pi­tal. One was in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, while the other was con­sid­ered sta­ble.

The third res­cue was an­other boat tak­ing on wa­ter near Fifty Point Con­ser­va­tion Area. The ma­rine unit orig­i­nally re­sponded at 3:34 p.m., but had to leave to go to the fa­tal in­ci­dent. It came back to res­cue the bro­ken-down boat float­ing in the rough wa­ter and its oc­cu­pants.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Po­lice wait on shore af­ter a boat­ing ac­ci­dent on Lake On­tario near the Burling­ton lift bridge.

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