1 man dead, 1 revived after child rescued at Bala Falls in Ont. cottage country

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BALA, Ont. - Just days after three men drowned in the churning waters beneath a waterfall in Ontario's cottage country, two other men were swept away by a current in the same area while trying to rescue a girl.
One of the men drowned and the other was reported to be on life support in a Muskoka-area hospital late Wednesday.
The incident was especially shocking as it came just hours after the body of one of the weekend drowning victims was pulled from water a short distance away.
Provincial police from the Bracebridge detachment say two men entered the fast-moving water at the base of Bala Falls on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to rescue a nine-year-old girl.
The girl, the daughter of the man now on life support, was wearing a lifejacket and playing in the water when she began to drift away from shore.
She was rescued and is not hurt, said Const. Peter Leon.
The man who drowned was identified as a 44-year-old from the Chicago area, said Leon. The girl's father is 53 and from Mississauga, Ont., west of Toronto.
Leon said the father was presumed dead when he was pulled from the water but was revived after being taken to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital.
"They did some work on him, and I guess they were able to bring him back, so to speak," Leon said.
"Although, as I say, his condition is listed as grave and on life support."
The Bracebridge detachment was also involved in the recovery of the bodies of three swimmers who disappeared in the fast-flowing water near Moon Falls on Sunday.
On Wednesday morning, police divers recovered the body of 31-year-old Vladimir Tsimfer - the last of the three to be found.
Moon Falls is about 30 kilometres east of Bala Falls, on the other side of Lake Muskoka.
Many of the waterways in the Muskoka region are flowing "significantly faster" than normal, said Leon, because of higher-than-average rainfall this year.
Police are warning people not to wander into unknown waters without first speaking to local cottage and marina operators who know where it's safe to swim, said Leon.
"I think the tragedies that have taken place over the past few days are certainly an indication that our waterways, as enjoyable as they can be, do pose a danger," said Leon.
"People need to be certainly cognizant of that fact."

Organizations: South Muskoka Memorial Hospital

Geographic location: Muskoka, BALA, Ontario Falls Chicago Mississauga Toronto Lake Muskoka

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