Montreal man, 32, dead in apparent drowning in Prince Edward County


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A 32-year-old Montreal man is dead after one member of a family failed to surface during a swim at North Beach Provincial Park in Prince Edward County on Thursday.

County OPP officers, firefighters and paramedics from Hastings Quinte EMS responded to the 4:15 p.m. incident.

First responders started CPR on the man when he was pulled from the water but Oussama Righi was later pronounced dead in hospital.

The Office for the Chief Coroner of Ontario is investigating with help from the OPP. A post mortem examination has been scheduled.

On July 26, two southern Ontario men also died in separate apparent drownings at North Beach Provincial Park. Both the 64-year-old Oshawa man and 25-year-old man from Mississauga failed to resurface after swims.

“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,” police said in a release Friday.

“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 flotation device or life jacket. It cannot save you if you don’t wear it.”