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Police recover body of missing man in Lake Erie at Rondeau

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Police have recovered the body of a man missing in the waters of Lake Erie at Rondeau Provincial Park since Saturday.

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The man was reported missing that afternoon after reportedly falling off an inflatable raft.

On Sunday at approximately 2:30 p.m., the OPP underwater search and recovery unit, along with members of Chatham-Kent OPP and the Elgin County OPP marine unit, recovered the body in the water from beach No. 2 in the park.

The search began Saturday after police responded to the provincial park for a report of a swimmer in distress in the waters of Lake Erie.

Provincial police, along with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, the Canadian Coast Guard, OPP aviation services, the OPP marine unit and park staff, quickly launched a search for the missing man.

The deceased has been identified as 25-year old Yuriy Zhlobitskyy of Barrie, OPP stated in a release Sunday evening.

The coroner attended the scene and a post-mortem examination was scheduled for Monday in London.

August has been a deadly month in the Lake Erie waters near the provincial park. Earlier in the month, two Windsor men were killed after their fishing boat capsized near Rondeau Provincial Park. The body of one man, Robert Thibert, 75, was found shortly after provincial police and Chatham-Kent firefighters responded to the report of an overturned vessel on Aug. 6. The body of the second man – 57-year-old Kenneth Blythe – was found by a fisherman about two weeks later near Port Glasgow, a quiet village on the shores of Lake Erie about 25 kilometres northeast of the provincial park.

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