Teenager drowns in Burnt River

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The Haliburton Highlands OPP are investigating after a 17-year-old drowned while swimming in the Burnt River in Minden Hills Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 6).

At approximately 12:11 p.m. officers, along with members of the Minden Hills Fire Department and Haliburton County Paramedic Service, responded to reports of a swimmer failing to resurface. The person was located, and CPR was initiated. The individual was transported to a local area hospital, where they were later pronounced deceased.

The deceased was identified as a 17-year-old from Oshawa. No name has been released to the media.

Haliburton Highlands OPP is reminding people to be vigilant of their safety on the water, encouraging people to wear a life jacket, never swim alone, know your limits and stay within them.

This is a developing story, check back at thehighlander.ca for updates.

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  1. Rest in peace my sons dear friend. Your cheerful laugh always wanted to make others smile. God called you home way too soon. My sincere condolences to the family may you find some peace during the loss of your child, grandchild, to the aunties and uncles. To the dear mother & father and siblings. May god guide you through this very difficult journey that no parent should ever have to go through. Your child was such an amazing person and now an angel watching over you all. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers always. My son holds his friend dear to his heart. From our family to yours I will be looking out for any fundraiser, and happy to donate. If there will be one my friends and family will be happy to donate to it. my son sends his deepest condolences also.

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