A 17-year-old Wisconsin resident has passed away after a fishing trip on Kukukus Lake near Ignace.
The Ignace OPP say on June 21, officers were notified of an incident where two individuals had been fishing when one of them fell overboard into the water.
Police say the other individual jumped in the water to rescue the individual, but they couldn’t be found and the police were then contacted to conduct a search of the area.
But they weren’t found by the OPP’s Emergency Response Team and Canine units until June 22, when they were pronounced deceased. The angler's identity was not released by police.
Unfortunately, this is the second Wisconsin resident to drown in northwestern Ontario this summer after 71-year-old David Nitzel passed away on the night of June 4 after a boat capsized near the North Star Lodge on Clay Lake.
Residents are reminded to always use extreme caution when out on the water this summer and to always wear life jackets or personal flotation devices.
The OPP says the vast majority of victims killed in boating accidents each year were not wearing a life-jacket or PFD, and capsized vessels and falling over the top of the boat are the top two contributing factors in boating deaths every year.