Jamaican track and field sprinter, Elaine Thompson and lifeguard, Joel Fretcher, 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 Jamaican Embassy representative confirmed the report to the media that Elaine was fishing on May 5, when she fell into the water. She was in distress and Joel jumped into the water to assist her. According to the Embassy, 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 Jamaica Embassy are processing the accident and further information will be communicated to the media, the Embassy rep said.
According to her Canadian host, Elaine was on a two-week secret vacation and was a avid outdoor enthusiast of Canada.
Elaine Thompson was a Jamaican track and field sprinter. She rose to prominence in Rio 2016 when she became double Olympic champion – Winner of women’s 100 metres and 200 metres at the 2016 Olympic.
Joel Fretcher was a rescuer who supervised the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants at Lake Ontario. He has been at the site since 2016.
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.