Amherst man drowns in lake north of Lake Ontario - The Buffalo News
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Amherst man drowns in lake north of Lake Ontario

A Western New York man drowned Sunday while boating on an Ontario lake.

Thomas Gangloff, 53, of Amherst was on a fishing boat in about 10 feet of water on Rice Lake when he went into the water, fully clothed and without a life jacket, according to Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Greg White. Witnesses heard his cries for help and tried to rescue the man, but were unable to reach him before he went under.

“He was about 200 meters from shore,” White said. “It’s my understanding they got quite close – they had a paddle board or similar craft – but were about 10 feet away when he went under and didn’t resurface.”

The emergency was called in to police at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Divers from the police Underwater Search and Rescue Unit recovered the body at about 4:15 p.m.

Rice Lake is a popular fishing spot and is located north of Lake Ontario in Hiawatha First Nations. White said Gangloff was staying with his family in a cottage near the lake but went out alone at about 7 a.m. to fish.

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