22-year-old Brampton man drowns at Wasaga Beach, police say

Police said emergency crews responded to reports of a drowning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Ontario Provincial Police say a 22-year-old Brampton man drowned at Wasaga Beach on Saturday.

Emergency crews responded to reports of a possible drowning at 5:30 p.m. in front of Beach Area 2.

Police said initial reports indicated that a man was last seen on a flotation toy a few hundred metres out in the water and friends of his became concerned when they saw the toy without the man on it.

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Crews searched for around two hours and the victim was eventually located under the surface by a helicopter not far from where he was last seen, police said.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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“The investigation is ongoing, but information suggests the deceased was a very weak swimmer and not wearing a personal flotation device,” police said.

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