|Emergency personnel tend to one of two teenagers who were discovered along the eastern beachfront without vital signs. (DAVE THOMAS, Toronto Sun)
TORONTO - Two brothers died Sunday after being pulled from Lake Ontario following a mishap along Toronto's eastern shoreline.
People walking dogs along the waterfront -- east of Queen St., near Victoria Park Ave. -- noticed a man's body on the beach around 8:45 a.m., Toronto Police Staff-Sgt. Gary Tutchener said.
When police arrived, they found a "cheap inflatable flotation device" in the water "and started looking round," Tutchener said.
The officers then located a second man's body near a similar inflatable along the rocky shore near the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.
The pair, ages 17 and 22, had no vital signs, Tutchener said.
As officers and a nurse applied CPR, "the pulse was detected on the second man," he said.
Paramedics rushed the brothers to a local hospital, where one was pronounced dead.
Tutchener said the second victim died shortly after 4 p.m.
A man who had been running with his dog told police he spoke briefly with the pair around 8:15 a.m. as they sat on the beach, then saw someone trying to help one of the men about 30 minutes later.
One brother lived near the beach, the other was "visiting from out of town," Tutchener said.
The family asked police not to release their identities.
Investigators were trying to determine how the pair ended up in the water.
The pair was in an out-of-bound area of the beach that is blocked off by a fence. However, sections of the fence had been cut away.
Lake Ontario was very choppy Sunday and yellow warning flags had been erected at swimming areas. A yellow flag indicates rough water and strong currents.