Two men from the West Island died early Saturday evening after their canoe capsized in Lake of Two Mountains near Oka.

Ronald McInnis Surete du Quebec SQ

Sgt. Ronald McInnis of the SQ said the boat the men were in capsized, and that the men were unable to get back into the boat or swim ashore, possibly because of high winds and currents. (Radio-Canada)

The men are Raymond Adams, 34, from Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Craig Walker, 31, from Pierrefonds.

“Around 6 p.m. Sûreté du Québec officers received a call for a body floating near the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains,” said Sgt. Ronald McInnis.

“They were two fishermen aboard the same canoe. We know there were strong winds yesterday so probably the wind or the waves caused them to capsize, and the people were unable to get back into the boat or were able to swim ashore,” McInnis said.

Police rushed to the scene and found one man unconscious on the shore. Within a few minutes, a second person was spotted in the water and a police officer dove into the lake to pull him ashore. Both men were wearing life vests.

The men were declared dead in hospital.