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German man drowns, Canadian man saved near Crystal Beach

One man was killed and another injured Sunday following an incident near the Crystal Beach boat launch in Fort Erie, Ont., according to the Niagara Regional Police Service.

A 50-year-old man from Germany was not able to be revived after being found floating in the water. A 41-year-old from Scarborough, Ont., was resuscitated, transported to a local hospital, treated for hypothermia and is expected to make a full recovery.

Identities of the men were not released.

Police and emergency personnel responded to 911 calls reporting a possible double drowning about 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

Police said that a 14-year-old girl saw a personal watercraft driving in circles in Lake Erie, so she drove her personal watercraft to check on the situation, where she found two unconscious people floating in the water. According to police, she drove back to get assistance from her family and others, and the group used personal watercraft to bring both males to shore, where resuscitation efforts began.

The German man was in critical condition at the scene and was taken to a local hospital, where further rescue efforts failed to revive him and where he was pronounced dead.

The incident remains under investigation by detectives from the Niagara Regional Police Service's 5 District Detective Office and the Marine Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call 905-688-4111, Ext. 2322.

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