Today (May 20) at noon, the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of an overturned canoe on Lake Couchiching.
Police say two females were in a canoe that overturned 100 meters from the shore. Both females were not wearing their Personal Flotation Devices (PFD).
As a result, a 25 year old North York woman was brought to an Orillia area hospital by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS). The female was pronounced deceased at hospital. The second person was cleared medically at the scene however attended the hospital on her own.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending next of kin notifications and a post mortem.
Orillia OPP Marine Unit, Rama Police Service, Rama Emergency Medical Services, CSPS, Orillia Fire Department, Rama Fire, Ramara Fire and Rescue all assisted with the rescue and recovery.
The Orillia OPP would like to remind the public to wear their Personal Floatation Devices at all times when on the water. PFDs will only work if they are worn.
Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).