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Man dies after boat sinks on Lake Manitoba

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A fishing trip turned deadly on Friday night when a 71-year-old man with no life jacket drowned on Lake Manitoba after a boat capsized.

The man had been fishing with his 42-year-old son when their boat took on water and both men ended up in the water about 250 metres from the shore of Twin Lakes Beach in St. Laurent, RCMP said.

The 42-year-old man was able to swim to shore and got help. The 71-year-old man was found unresponsive and could not be resuscitated by emergency responders.

The name of the deceased man will not be released.

RCMP said neither man was wearing a lifejacket.

"The RCMP would like to stress how important it is to always wear a life jacket

when boating. It can save your life," said Sgt. Line Karpish, in a statement. "Additionally, with fall conditions now upon us, cold water can quickly cripple a persons ability to swim to safety."

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