A 39-year-old North York man drowned Sept. 12 when the canoe he and his family were paddling on Moore Lake capsized.

OPP said they recovered the man’s body about 6 p.m.

They said they were called out shortly after 2:30 p.m.

A family of four, a man, woman and two children were on the lake when their canoe capsized. Police said boaters arrived on the scene to support the family in distress.

“The woman and the two children were pulled safely from the water. The man … passed one of the young children to an individual on one of the rescue boats before slipping under the water,” OPP said Sept. 13.

The OPP helicopter and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit were dispatched to support recovery efforts. They worked with the Minden Hills fire department to locate and recover the body.

The release said investigators are citing the absence of safety equipment as a significant contributing factor in the tragedy.

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