MANITOULIN—According to an August 24 press release from the Wikwemikong Tribal Police, Nicolas Wemigwans, a 21-year-old male from Wikwemikong, was celebrating his birthday with family and friends on the afternoon of August 5, when around 5 pm he and two other males decided to go swimming at a local camp area of King’s Bay.
A short time later, Mr. Wemigwans was observed to be having difficulty, waving his hands before disappearing below the water. Not an avid swimmer, Mr. Wemigwans had wandered towards an area with which he was unfamiliar. Friends and family searched unsuccessfully for Mr. Wemigwans for approximately 10 minutes before contacting emergency services.
Mr. Wemigwans was finally located in the water along the shoreline and CPR was performed, but despite those efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem was held and the cause of death deemed drowning.
The Wikwemikong Police would like to remind the public that whether a person is an avid swimmer, boater or not, care and attention should be taken to ensure the safety of persons which includes the familiarity of the area and waterways before swimming or boating.