Team of strangers revive drowned man in Ontario lake

The popular swimming beach at Rushing River Provincial Park, near Kenora, Ont., was the scene of a...

The popular swimming beach at Rushing River Provincial Park, near Kenora, Ont., was the scene of a dramatic life-saving rescue on Aug. 6, 2014. Three vacationing Winnipeggers pulled a man from the floor of the lake and performed CPR to revive him. (QMI Agency file photo)

Amber McGuckin, QMI Agency

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KENORA, Ont. — It took the teamwork of strangers to save the life of a drowned man in northern Ontario last week.

Colin Cheys, Joel Vertone and Jaime Siska, all of Winnipeg, were strangers before the frantic calls for help broke the early evening silence on Aug. 6 at Dogtooth Lake in Rushing River Provincial Park, about 20 kilometres east of Kenora.

"There was a man in the water frantically screaming that someone was under the water, so I dove in immediately and I searched," said Cheys. "I swam to the bottom in probably 10 or 12 feet of water. I located a gentleman who was wide-eyed and looking up at me. Unfortunately, he had drowned. So I grabbed his arm and pulled him to the surface."

Cheys swam the man's body to a rocky ledge where Siska was waiting.

"When I pulled him out of the water, he was dead. His eyes were wide open, he was purple, it was the most terrifying thing I've seen," Cheys said.


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