Celebrity couple Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson, have drowned in Canada in what police are calling a “case of misadventure”.
The accident took place at Lake Ontario, Canadian province of Ontario, according to Police statement.
The Consulate of Botswana representative confirmed the report to the media that Connie and her husband, Shona, were fishing on May 16, when Connie fell into the water. She was in distress and Shona jumped into the water to assist her. According to the Consulate, both were pulled from the water but could not be resuscitated.
According to reports, the water was a punishing 35 degrees Fahrenheit at the time, only slightly above freezing.
Officials of Canada and the Consulate of Botswana are processing the accident and further information will be communicated to the media, the Consulate rep said.
The two, Connie and Shona, both actors, were avid outdoor enthusiasts and according to their Canadian host, they were on a two-week secret vacation.
Connie Ferguson was a Motswana actress, film-maker/ producer and a business woman born in Lobatse, Botswana. In 1994 she aired on South Africa’s most popular Soap Opera, Generations. In October 2014 she agreed to reprise her role as Karabo after a three-year absence from Generations.
Connie and Shona Ferguson married in 2001. Shona whose real name is Aaron Ferguson was a South African actor best known for his role as Dr. Leabua on the Venda soapie Muvhango.
An average of 289 people drown in Canada each year while recreating in, on or near the water.
Lake Ontario, where the incident took place, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by the Canadian province of Ontario, and on the south and east by the American state of New York, whose water boundaries meet in the middle of the lake.