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Monday, January 30, 2023
Body found in Lake Ontario confirmed as man who drowned trying to save friend in Niagara Gorge

A body found in Lake Ontario off Niagara-on-the-Lake has been confirmed to be a 27-year-old man who drowned in the Niagara River gorge on Aug. 1.

A 22-year-old woman also drowned in the gorge in an area with significant currents while hiking along the river with a group of friends from the Greater Toronto Area.

The two victims got into the water and when the woman began having trouble in the current, her friend tried to help, the Niagara Regional Police Service said in a news release.

“He disappeared in the current,” police said.

The woman was pulled from the gorge by the police with the aid of Niagara Jet Boats. Attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at a Niagara hospital.

The man’s body was found in Lake Ontario about 10 kilometres off the shore of NOTL on Aug. 5.

On Aug. 12, the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto confirmed the body to be the missing man.

Police have not released the identities of the deceased.


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