July 28, 2008

Ten Presumed Dead in Canadian Drownings

Divers searched Monday for a missing fisherman following a series of recent accidents in Canada that left 10 people presumed drowned.

Police in Northumberland say a search continued Monday for an unidentified man in his 30s who jumped from a boat into the Trent River near Healey Falls just outside Campbellford, the Toronto Sun reported.

Two more drownings occurred in the Muskoka River near Toronto, the Toronto Star reported Monday. Divers found the body of Josue Sabastian Perez, 16, Sunday, one day after he disappeared while swimming in the river with friends. The body of Matthew Janssen, 20, was recovered from the river's south branch Saturday. Authorities say Janssen made a successful jump into the water from a cliff but was carried away by a powerful current.

Another drowning victim, Shanshan Kuan, 31, Toronto, who was not a strong swimmer, died when she slipped into the shallow end of a pool in Acton.

Also during the weekend, the body of an unidentified teenager was found by canoeists in Lake Huron south of Grand Bend, and a 45-year-old man drowned after falling out of boat in Lake Erie near Port Colbourne, the Sun reported.

Meanwhile, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, called off the official search for two men, ages 80 and 40, believed to have drowned in a boating accident last week on the Mackenzie River that also claimed the lives of a woman and girl, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

A 13-year-old Inuvik boy survived, authorities said. The bodies of the woman and girl were recovered Friday.