Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say a man from Burlington drowned in the waters of Lake Huron at Port Elgin Beach on Tuesday morning.

It’s believed the 38-year-old was the victim of a paddle board accident after witnesses allege he fell off the board in deep waters beyond a marked swimming area, according to investigators.

The boarder, who appeared to be struggling, was pulled out of the water by civilians and brought back to shore.

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He was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead.

OPP have not revealed the identity of the man at the request of the family.

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“Please be advised Lifejackets/Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are required safety equipment for anyone using a paddleboard. Please wear them, they could save your life,” Const. Jamie Stanley said in a release on Tuesday afternoon.

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