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Justin Butts, Daniel MacDonald dead, toddler rescued after canoe capsizes on Bob's Lake

Two men are dead and a three-year-old boy has been rescued after a canoe capsized in a lake north of Kingston, Ont., on Saturday evening.

Boy, 3, wearing life jacket was rescued by cottagers, OPP say

Two men are dead after their canoe capsized in Bob's Lake north of Kingston, Ont., on Saturday evening. (CBC News)

Two men are dead and a three-year-old boy has been rescued after a canoe capsized in a lake north of Kingston, Ont., on Saturday evening.

Laura Thomson says the men drowned not far from several cottagers. (CBC News)
The canoe capsized on Bob's Lake, about 100 metres from shore off Mica Point Lane in the Township of South Frontenac, at about 8:45 p.m. ET, Ontario Provincial Police said in a media release issued Sunday.

Nearby cottagers were able to pull the three-year-old boy out of the water because he was wearing a life jacket, OPP said. The boy was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been released into the care of relatives.

The two men on board were seen going underwater and a search effort was launched by police, firefighters and civilians.

The men were found dead the following day by an OPP underwater search and recovery unit at about 1 p.m.

"It's very traumatic for everybody around here, to have somebody so close to all these cottages with people around actually drowning, and nobody getting there in time for them," said nearby resident Laura Thomson.

"It's very sad, very sad for everybody."

They have been identified as 29-year-old Justin Thomas Butts and 23-year-old Daniel MacDonald, both of Kingston.

Butts was the father of the three-year-old boy who was rescued.

The lake is about 70 kilometres north of Kingston.

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