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Police report three drownings in three days

Three men drowned in Newfoundland over the long weekend, according to police reports.

A 63-year-old man was trout fishing with another person near Lethbridge Friday night when the aluminum boat they were in capsized.

The other person made it to shore safely, and the deceased was last seen hanging onto the boat, which was overturned.

Search volunteers recovered his body. The RCMP, the Department of Forestry, the Musgravetown Volunteer Fire Department and the Triple Bay Eagles Ground Search and Rescue Team all took part in the effort.

Saturday morning, a Stephen­ville man was found dead after what appeared to be a boating accident on Mitchell’s Pond, near Robinsons.

Police got a report about an overturned canoe on Mitchell’s Pond, and with the help of the Barachois Brook Ground Search and Rescue Team, the 58-year-old man’s body was found. He was wearing a life jacket and was about 50 feet from shore. His canoe was about 100 feet from shore.

Investigators believe he was fishing alone and ended up in the water due to some distress.

The RCMP’s Bonavista detachment said a man was reported overdue late Sunday night, and search crews set out to find him where he had been fishing on Island Pond near Old Bonaventure.

The 54-year-old man’s body was recovered by search volunteers. Police say his canoe had capsized, and he was not wearing a life jacket.

The RCMP is reminding people of the importance of wearing life jackets.

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