Man dies in watercraft accident, in busy day on lake and in pool
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.
Police wait on shore after a boating accident on Lake Ontario near the Burlington lift bridge.