Yep, this story is about my boyfriend. I am so incredibly proud of him!
By Alex Consiglio ,Toronto Sun
Cameron Wilson stepped outside his basement apartment in Ajax Sunday night for a relaxing smoke when he heard panicked screams for help.
“At first I thought it was kids fooling around,” said Wilson, 26, whose apartment backs onto Lake Ontario near Lakeridge Rd.
“Then my girlfriend said to me, ‘No, that’s someone screaming for help in the water,’” recalled Wilson, who began kayaking last summer.
He quickly grabbed his kayak, tossed it into the water and scrambled down a ladder to jump in and find the screaming man.
“I just paddled towards the voice,” said Wilson, explaining his girlfriend stayed ashore and called 911 as he found the man thrashing in the water with a life jacket on.
“I told him to hold on to the back of my kayak and paddled him to shore,” said Wilson, adding the man said “‘My friend’s out there, please, please go find my friend.’”
Wilson said he went back out, but found no one.
“I feel really bad, nobody should have to bury their son,” said Wilson, who never saw the man he saved again after police took over the investigation.
Durham Regional Police said two Ajax men had their canoe capsize Sunday night and one of them, 28, made it to shore — the man saved by Wilson.
The other canoeist, 26, remained missing Monday as search and rescue parties discovered a life jacket and the canoe — but no body.
“The man told me his friend was wearing a life jacket, too,” said Wilson. “But that he wasn’t a strong swimmer.”
The incident wasn’t the only tragedy over the long-weekend.
In Port Perry, a man was feared dead in Lake Scugog after he dove into the water off a boathouse and never resurfaced Saturday. Search and rescue teams hadn’t located the man as of Monday.
Two brothers died Sunday after being pulled from Lake Ontario following a mishap along Toronto’s eastern shoreline.
The brothers, aged 17 and 22, had no vital signs and were found near an inflatable dinghy. The family asked their names not be released.
The body of William Santos, 43, of Mississauga, was recovered Monday after his two children watched him disappear Sunday around 4 p.m. while swimming in Lake Erie at Long Point Provincial Park.
On the roadways, Brian Wijeratne, 19, nearly lost his entire family when a motorist travelling in the wrong direction smashed into his family’s van on Hwy. 427. around 2:30 a.m.
Wijeratne’s father Jayantha Neil, 49, and sister Eleesha, 16, died on the roadside Sunday and his mother, 50, remains in hospital.
The 19-year-old driver of the other vehicle was arrested for impaired driving but charges are pending. He remains at St. Michael’s hospital with non-life threatening injuries.