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Toronto Man Dies After Canoe Capsizes in Algonquin

He was with two other paddlers who survived and was wearing a lifejacket

Xing Lin, a paddler from Toronto died after his canoe capsized on Opeongo Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park this past weekend. The 32-year-old man was paddling with two others and was wearing a lifejacket.

Killaloe OPP Const. Catherine Yarmel said that officers responded to a call around 4:20 p.m. of a boat that ran into rough waters and capsized. Lin was unconscious when he was pulled from the water; police said those nearby performed CPR. Lin was transported to a hospital, where he later died.

Yarmel said that a post-mortem examination has been ordered. She noted that Lin was part of a larger group of people who had planned to paddle across the lake and camp for the night.

Opeongo Lake is the largest lake in Algonquin and the source of the Opeongo River. The lake’s name comes from the Algonquian word opeauwingauk meaning “sandy narrows.” The lake is a popular starting point for canoe trips into the interior of the park.

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