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Teen boy drowns at Woodbine Beach after rescue attempt

Last Updated Aug 11, 2018 at 11:58 am EDT

A teenage boy has died in hospital after he was pulled from the waters off Woodbine Beach on Friday afternoon.

Toronto police say emergency crews were called to the area at about 2:30 p.m. Friday after a woman and her young son were seen distressed in the water.

Police say the boy and a woman jumped into the water to help them.

Emergency crews were able to rescue woman and her son, but the teen disappeared in the water.

Paramedics confirm they took three people to hospital, including the 16-year-old boy who later died, a 15-year-old girl in serious condition, and a third person in less serious condition. A fourth person was assessed at the scene and chose not to go to hospital.

A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter was also brought in to help with the rescue.

Rescue boats are seen in Lake Ontario during a rescue off Woodbine Beach on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/John Hanley

Rescue boats are seen in Lake Ontario during a rescue off Woodbine Beach on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/John Hanley

Police tape marks off an area of Woodbine Beach in Toronto during a water rescue on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/John Hanley
Police tape marks off an area of Woodbine Beach in Toronto during a water rescue on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/John Hanley
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If you don’t have life saving training, it is not worth it to try to be a hero.

August 10, 2018 at 10:26 pm

People underestimate the power of water. Even the best of swimmers can get into trouble with such conditions. I personally know one person who died because of undertow and another who broke their leg in 3 parts because of it.

August 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm