Teen boy dead after five swimmers pulled from water at Woodbine Beach

A sunny day at Lake Ontario has been marred by tragedy.

A teenager is dead and a woman remains in hospital after five people needed to be pulled from the water at Woodbine Beach.

Rescuers mounted a massive effort there on Friday afternoon after Toronto Police were called to the scene for reports of people in distress at around 2.30 p.m.

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Two swimmers were recovered and rushed to hospital, where the male succumbed to his injuries.

The search continued for more than 90 minutes until it could be confirmed that all the missing people were accounted for.

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Four Toronto Police Marine Unit boats, Toronto Fire staff, a Canadian Coast Guard rescue boat, an RCAF helicopter and 10 to 15 lifeguards were involved in the marine rescue effort.

At one point, rescuers made a chain to walk through the murky water, searching carefully near the shoreline.

A No Swimming sign at the western edge of Woodbine Beach in Toronto, Ont. on Friday August 10, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

An eyewitness said people were in the water near rocks and in an area where swimming is prohibited.

Rip currents are not unknown at Toronto’s beaches, and exist at Woodbine, Bluffer’s Park and Gibraltar Point Beach (on the island).

Toronto Police Marine Unit boats, Toronto Fire staff, a Canadian Coast Guard rescue boat, an RCAF helicopter and 10 to 15 lifeguards search Lake Ontario just off the shore at Woodbine Beach to ensure a group of swimmers who were distress in the water were all accounted for in Toronto, Ont. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia)

The presence of high sandbars helps funnel the water into a strong current that pulls swimmers back into open water.

Friday was breezy, with waves visible at Woodbine; despite heavy rainfall earlier in the week, the SwimSafe site listed Woodbine Beach as safe for swimming as of Thursday.

Toronto Police Marine Unit boats, Toronto Fire staff, a Canadian Coast Guard rescue boat, an RCAF helicopter and 10 to 15 lifeguards search Lake Ontario just off the shore at Woodbine Beach to ensure a group of swimmers who were distress in the water were all accounted for in Toronto, Ont. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/Postmedia)

Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg was at the scene and addressed the exigencies of a marine rescue, emphasizing the physical and psychological stress of such a search.

“These are extremely challenging circumstances,” Pegg said.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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