Toronto woman dead, man missing after swim in Niagara River

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A Toronto woman is dead and a Toronto man is missing after they went for a swim Sunday afternoon in the Niagara River, Niagara Regional Police say.

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Police say the two, both in their 20s, had been hiking with friends from the Greater Toronto Area when they entered the river, which has strong currents.

A 911 call came in around 5 p.m. about swimmers in distress near the Niagara Glen, and officers later pulled a Toronto woman from the water in critical condition.

Police say the officers tried to resuscitate her before paramedics rushed the woman to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Investigators say the man had tried to help the woman when he saw she was in trouble, but disappeared under the water. The names of the two victims were not immediately released.

Even before the long weekend began, another Torontonian was reported missing in the water.

Ian Walker, 56, was at a family cottage when he went canoeing early Thursday morning on Sparrow Lake, in the Gravenhurst area.

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He was reported missing later that day and a search for the man began Thursday afternoon.

Walker’s canoe was found in the Severn Bridge area.

On Sunday, a body was located in Sparrow Lake by the OPP, which issued a release saying officers could not identify the body, pending an autopsy.

However, a Facebook post from a family member confirms that it is Walker whose body has been found.


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