There is a lesson in this nameless tragedy: two men went out in a canoe, and only one came back, but this isn’t the close of Godfather II. The survivor, too, came back without the canoe. He and his father had been fishing on a Sunday morning (22 May 16), and they capsized their canoe. The son swam to shore.
The father never surfaced. His remains were found an hour later — which is pretty quick public safety work, given the need to call out the dive team at 0730 Sunday — deceased, presumably drowned (although the ME has yet to weigh in).
As we’ll see, drowning should not be underestimated as a risk, but first, the facts of the case:
A New London man died this morning at Lake Of Isles in North Stonington, after his canoe capsized and he went missing in the water for approximately one hour, police said.
His adult son, who was in the canoe with him, made it safely to shore without any injuries.
The two were fishing when the 14-foot canoe overturned and threw them into them into the water.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was alerted to the incident around 7:30 a.m. after state police received a 911 call.
Police and local fire departments pulled the 50-year-old father from the water and he was pronounced dead on the scene at 8:45 a.m., police said.
As it happens, drowning is common. In this interesting comparison, interesting because one of the favorite claims of gun banners is that they only do it “for the children,” economists compared deaths of young children (<=5) in bathtubs to young children by gunfire. The bathtub is the more hazardous device by far.
Humans are fragile creatures. One aspect of that fragilty is that we cannot breathe anything but gaseous oxygen.