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University of Toronto student, 18, drowns on class trip

An 18-year-old Mississauga man who was an engineering student at the University of Toronto has drowned while swimming at a lake near Minden, Ont.

Police say the man was pulled from the water by other swimmers, but was later pronounced dead in hospital

Ontario Provincial Police responded to the call shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. (CBC)

An 18-year-old Mississauga man who was an engineering student at the University of Toronto has drowned while swimming at a lake near Minden, Ont.

Ontario Provincial Police responded to the incident at Gull Lake, around 100 kilometres north of Peterborough, shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 

The U of T has a property on the lake where engineering students go to study surveying and other topics, the university said in a Wednesday news release.

Investigators say the man appears to have gone for a swim with a group of people before he died.

"From our investigation, a group of people were in fact in the water, the now deceased became separated from that group and when they realized that they immediately commenced a search," said Sgt. Peter Leon.

Leon said other people in the swimming group pulled the man from the lake and administered first aid and CPR, but he was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Police are not yet releasing the man's identity due to an ongoing post-mortem examination.

Cristina Amon, dean of the engineering faculty, called what happened a "tragedy."

"The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died."

The U of T is offering support to anyone struggling in the wake of the incident via on campus services and a 24/7 phone line.