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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