Bridgewater man dies after canoe capsizes on Annis Lake

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A 24-year-old Bridgewater man died June 5 after a canoeing incident on Annis Lake, Queens County, near the community of Labelle.

Just before 3 p.m. Queens District RCMP responded to a report of a man who had gone under the water at the lake and had not yet surfaced.

Police learned two men had been out on the lake in a canoe when it capsized about 12 metres from shore. One man was able to swim to shore, but the other went under the water and did not re-surface.

Attempts to reach the man by others were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to an RCMP media release.

The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team assisted in retrieving the man’s body.

The deceased was not wearing a lifejacket at the time, according to Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman for the RCMP.

Police say the “sudden death” is not considered to be suspicious, however the investigation continues.

Every year, an average of 525 Canadians die in un-intentional water-related incidents, according to the Red Cross.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin