OPP investigate boating fatality on Benoir Lake

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Man dies in canoe accident. Photo courtesy of OPP media.

North York Man Dies After Pulled from Benoir Lake in Highlands East

(HALIBURTON, ON)Members of the Haliburton Highlands Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), are investigating an overturned canoe in Benoir Lake in the Municipality of Highlands East.  The officers were called to Benoir Lake on September 10, 2011 at approximately 5:30pm.

Three occupants of a canoe ran into difficulty when their canoe overturned in the late afternoon.  Two of the occupants were able to make it to shore safely.  Despite rescue attempts by persons on the shore, the third occupant did not survive.

Ramesh PASKARATHAS, 39 years ofNorth York, was transported toBancroftHospital, in critical condition.  He was later transported toMount SinaiHospitalinToronto, where he died.   He was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of the incident.

The OPP are continuing to investigate this incident, and are seeking to speak to a witness, who identified herself as a nurse and provided assistance to Mr PASKARATHAS atBenoirLake.  If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]