Boater drowns in Lake Erie while trying to help child

A 41-year-old Kingsville man drowned in Lake Erie Tuesday afternoon, while trying to help a struggling child.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Kingsville Fire Department and Essex Windsor Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to the report of a missing boater in the waters of Lake Erie near Cedar Island in Kingsville.

OPP say Tyson Koehn was operating a small vessel with four children onboard. He entered the water to assist one of the children who was swimming and appeared to be struggling. Koehn himself began to struggle and went under water. All four children were rescued by a passing vessel and a citizen on shore who swam out to assist.

A search was conducted by the OPP Marine Unit, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton and a United States Coast Guard helicopter and vessel.

The man was located in the water a short time later and EMS administered CPR.

He was transported to hospital but pronounced deceased.

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