A man in his fifties is dead after being thrown from the boat he was in while out on Lake Ontario Sunday, near Fisherman's Pier and the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge. 

Shortly after 4:00 p.m. Hamilton Police responded to reports of a small, recreational boat in distress in the Hamilton Harbour. 

According to Hamilton Police, the boat started taking on water. 

The man in his fifties was found in the water a short distance away, clinging to a life preserver. 

Hamilton Police said the male had been thrown from the boat he was in. 

He was pulled from the water, unresponsive. CPR was performed on the man immediately, said police. 

He was then transported to Joseph Brant Hospital by Halton EMS, without vital signs.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at hospital around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.  

According to police, the boat was located floating on the harbour side of the Lift Bridge with three passengers still onboard. 

The Hamilton Police Marine Unit responded along with the Beach Rescue Unit and nearby civilian vessels. The Hamilton Fire Department was also on scene. 

Hamilton Police are reminding all recreational boaters to always have available safety equipment required by law and to be aware of the weather and water conditions before heading out.