56-year-old man dead after drowning in Burnt River in Kawartha Lakes on Saturday evening

Police identify victim as Kingston Ferdinands of Scarborough

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A 56-year-old Scarborough man is dead after drowning in Burnt River in Kawartha Lakes on Saturday evening (July 9).

At around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Kawartha Lakes Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call about a man who had been swimming and failed to resurface.

After officers arrived, the man was located and was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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Police have identified the victim as Kingston Ferdinands, 56, of Scarborough.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

To reduce the risk of drowning, police advise to always swim with a buddy, let someone know when and where you’re going for a swim, test the waters with your feet (don’t dive right in), and don’t swim while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.