Two people who drowned on Moose Lake, Nov. 7 have been identified.

On Nov. 15, an OPP press release identified a 25-year-old and 22-year-old from Toronto. The victims’ families request their names not be shared publicly.

A third person safely reached the shore.

An OPP press release said an “absence of safety equipment as a significant contributing factor in this tragedy.”

On Nov. 7, at approximately 10:26 a.m., members of the detachment responded to a report of a capsized canoe on Moose Lake in Dysart et al. It was reported that three adult males entered the water.  

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Officers attended the scene with Haliburton County Emergency Services and the Dysart et al Fire Department. One of the adult males was able to safely make his way to shore and was uninjured.

This investigation was assisted by the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, as well as Technical Collision Reconstruction investigators.

The Haliburton Highlands OPP say they encourage boaters to review all safety requirements for boating before going out on the water.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story identified both victims. After receiving a request from one victim’s family representative The Highlander has chosen to remove their names.

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