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OPP reports two drownings at North Beach over weekend

Tragedy struck two swimmers in Prince Edward County over the weekend, OPP reports.

On Sunday, Jul. 27, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment, Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings Quinte EMS responded to two incidents at North Beach Provincial Park on County Road 27.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., a family had been swimming and one member failed to surface. According to police, an individual was pulled from the water and CPR was started by first responders on scene before being taken to a local hospital.

Alex Aloysuis, 64 years of age from Oshawa, Ontario was pronounced deceased.

Later the same day, just before 6:00 p.m., officers responded again with Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue and Hastings Quinte EMS to North Beach Provincial Park.

According to OPP, a group of friends had been swimming and one person failed to surface. An individual was pulled from the water and CPR was started by bystanders before being transported to a local hospital.

25 year old Muhammad Azmat, from Mississauga, Ontario, was pronounced deceased.

Both deaths are under investigation. Foul play is not suspected, OPP say.

The OPP would like to remind everyone to be aware of current conditions before entering any body of water especially being aware of their location and any hazards present.

“Eastern Ontario has seen a tragic number of drowning incidents in 2020. In many cases, proper use of a life jacket would have almost certainly resulted in a different outcome. If you are heading out on the water, wear your personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket.   It cannot save you if you don’t wear it,” OPP said in a statement.

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