Police respond to fatal drowning at Port Elgin beach

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The Saugeen Shores Police Service and South Bruce OPP have confirmed that a fatal drowning occurred recently at Port Elgin beach.

On July 12th at 11:49 a .m., officers responded alongsideĀ Saugeen Shores Fire Department and Bruce County Paramedic Services EMS to the Main Beach in Port Elgin for a possible drowning. Witnesses stated a paddle boarder had fallen off their board in deep water beyond the marked swimming area and appeared to be in distress. Witnesses heard calls for help and a number of civilians managed to pull the paddle boarder to shore and life saving CPR measures were performed. The victim, identified as a 38-year-old Burlington resident, was taken to local hospital where they were later pronounced deceased.

Police are reminding residents thatĀ Lifejackets/Personal Floatation Devices are required safety equipment for anyone using a paddle board, as they could potentially save your life.