Police recover body of man, 71, after golf cart plunges into pond in Richmond Hill

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A York Regional Police vehicle is visible behind the trees at a Richmond Hill golf club on Monday. Divers have recovered the body of a man after a cart plunged into a pond on the course and the man did not resurface. (CBC - image credit)
A York Regional Police vehicle is visible behind the trees at a Richmond Hill golf club on Monday. Divers have recovered the body of a man after a cart plunged into a pond on the course and the man did not resurface. (CBC - image credit)

York Regional Police say they have recovered a man's body from a pond at a Richmond Hill golf course hours after a cart plunged into the water on Monday.

In a news release on Monday evening, police said the man is 71 and he is believed to have drowned at the DiamondBack Golf Club on Leslie Street, south of Bloomington Road.

Police said divers found his body at shortly before 4 p.m.  Officers had been called to the golf club shortly after noon.

Despite a search that involved club staff, the golf cart was submerged in the water and the man did not surface, according to Staff Sgt. Dave Mitchell.

"We have a lot of questions as far as how this golf cart managed to get into the water, why this gentleman didn't surface and the investigation is underway," Mitchell said on Monday.

Mitchell said the pond is deep and murky. Earlier, police had said the man may have been trapped in the cart.

Police said the coroner will be going to the scene to confirm the man's identity.

"The death does not appear to be suspicious," police said in the release.

Police are urging any witnesses who haven't already come forward to contact them.

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