The victim in a drowning at Halfway Lake Provincial Park on Sunday evening has been identified as a 23-year-old man from Sudbury, the OPP said in a release issued on Tuesday morning.
Rishabh Shah was part of a group of seven canoeists and kayakers who went out on the lake around 6 p.m. on Sunday, police said. Shah’s canoe had three occupants, while another canoe had two, and a pair of kayaks had one occupant each.
About an hour after departure, according to the OPP, one of the kayaks capsized, prompting one of the three males in Shah’s canoe to jump in the water to assist his friend. This caused their canoe to overturn, sending the other two occupants into the water.
Shah went underwater and was located by one of his companions in a semi-conscious state. He was taken to shore and transported to hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Officers from the Nipissing West detachment and Sudbury EMS responded at 7:10 p.m., according to the OPP release.