A fishing outing turned tragic in North Stonington on Sunday morning after a father drown while out with his son, state officials said.
State police and local fire departments responded to Lake of Isles, where the son waiting around 7:30 a.m.
A father and son were fishing when Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection said their 14-foot canoe capsized, sending them into the water.
"A father and son went out fishing in a canoe and while they were fishing, they ended up tipping the canoe over, and going in the water," said Sgt Chris Dwyer with the state environmental police.
Police said the son tried to help his 51-year-old father, but was unable to do so.
"He tried to help his father when his father went under hang on to the canoe for a little while," Dwyer said.
The son was able to swim to shore, DEEP officials added. He did not report any injuries to police.
Officials said the man’s body was pulled from the water about an hour later.
"The water is still cold. Even when we get into our summer months, the waters still cold," Dwyer said. "Any exposure to the water for any time takes all the strength away."
State environmental police said this incident was tough reminder of why life jackets are necessary.
"We do ask everyone please be very aware of where your life jackets are and if at all possible, please try to wear them,” Dwyer said.
Police do not suspect this is a case of foul play and are investigating whether alcohol was involved.
DEEP has not released the name of the victim or the age of his son, but they said he is an adult.
For more information on staying safe in the water, please visit the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)'s website.
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