Marine Fatality on Drift Lake


THUNDER BAY – The Ontario Provincial Police report that on the 2nd of June 2020 just after 12:00 pm police were advised of a capsized boat on Drift Lake west of Thunder Bay.

It was reported to police that one person on the boat who was not wearing a life jacket was unaccounted for.

Thunder Bay OPP officers attended with a marine unit and located an unconscious male on shore who was transported to an ORNGE air ambulance.

The male was transported to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased male was identified as Antonio ARRUDA, 62 of Thunder Bay.

The OPP state in a media release, “Most marine drownings happen unexpectedly when small boats capsize or someone falls overboard. The PFD left behind is not much use, especially in cold water. There is no one single cause that leads to drownings but there are common contributors. Basic safety practices such as learning to swim at an early age; wearing a lifejacket or a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) while on a vessel or in water; adult supervision of children while swimming; and not drinking and boating can make the difference between surviving, or not.”

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