Posted on 10/02/2013, 1:11 pm, by mySteinbach

A 71-year-old St. Laurent man is dead after the boat he was in capsized on Lake Manitoba this past week.

On September 27, 2013, at about 9pm, Lundar RCMP, area Fire and EMS responded to a call that two males had fallen into the water when their boat capsized on Lake Manitoba near the shore of Twin Lakes Beach in St. Laurent.

Responders arrived on scene and learned that a 42-year-old man of the RM of St. Andrews and his 71-year-old father of St. Laurent were out fishing when their boat took on water and the pair ended up in the water about 250 yards from shore. The 42-year-old was able to make it to shore to get help. The 71-year-old was found unresponsive. Cardio pulmonary resuscitation was initiated. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Police say that life jackets were not in use when the boat capsized.

RCMP would like to stress how important it is to always wear a life jacket when boating. It can save your life. Additionally, with fall conditions now upon us, cold water can quickly cripple a persons ability to swim to safety.