Sathees Gnanenthiran was one of four brothers who went boating in Belwood Lake, Fergus last Sunday.
Gnanenthiran jumped into the water for a swim, but quickly began struggling to stay afloat, his older brother jumped into the water to try to save him, but he, too, began to struggle, according to Cunningham.
Fortunately for him a young man in the military reserves, jumped in and pulled him to safely, but was unable to get to Gnanenthiran who by then had disappeared into the water.
Wellington County fire and rescue launched two boats, along with the OPP, and searched the lake for two days and even used sonar to locate his body.
Divers recovered his body and his family was on scene to identify him, according to police.
The coroner will determine the cause of death, but police say there is no indication at this time that drugs or alcohol played any role.
Every summer there are such stories where inexperienced young swimmers are overwhelmed by seemingly placid lake waters but can get in trouble at any time.
One reason is that currents can be unpredictable and if one is not a good swimmer or a swimmer at all, getting into the water is never a good idea. One way a needless death could have been avoided would be to use a life jacket. That could make the difference between life and death. -CINEWS