By Red Pill  |  09-05-2017   News
Photo credit: Johanna Carls McCormick

Lake Ontario is known as a kayak hotspot, where men and women come to dare the brazen waters from all across the world for thrill seeking adventure.

Unfortunately yesterday that much sought after adrenaline rush turned to tragedy for three kayakers from Pennsylvania who went missing in the rapid waters.

The United States Coast Guard were able to dispatch several rescue boats after midnight last night and proceed in search and rescue efforts.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cold but tired was the condition described of the two kayakers who made it ashore after being out on Lake Ontario all night <a href="https://t.co/sgOklx3Z17">pic.twitter.com/sgOklx3Z17</a></p>&mdash; Nancy Fischer (@NancyFbuffnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/NancyFbuffnews/status/905049122172014592">September 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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After a relentless effort Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said they had been out on the water for several hours when the “lake got pretty choppy”.

Coast Guard officials reported enormous waves being a reported three to four feet high throughout the day, with “pretty rough” conditions making it difficult to kayak or even travel by boat.

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The trio had set out from the Golden Hill State Park, which has a popular boat launch area around noon on Monday, which is around six hours before the three were first reported missing.

A search team which was comprised of rescuers from the Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard, State Parks Police, Somerset Police, and both Olcott and Barker fire departments finally located two of the missing kayakers late last night.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kayaker brought to golden hills wearing a wetsuit. Carried 2 life jackets, hugged his family &amp; is now talking to Niagara Co deputies. <a href="https://twitter.com/WKBW">@WKBW</a> <a href="https://t.co/u8LGta3yV5">pic.twitter.com/u8LGta3yV5</a></p>&mdash; Thuy Lan Nguyen (@ThuyLanWKBW) <a href="https://twitter.com/ThuyLanWKBW/status/905027725081141248">September 5, 2017</a></blockquote>

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According to investigators each of the men were in their own kayaks when they lost control and submerged into the dangerous Lake Ontario waters.

Unfortunately today the body of 21 year old Jacob McCormick was found near Point Breeze in Orleans County by the United States Coast Guard.

His twin brother, 18 year old Nathaniel McCormick, and their good friend, 18 year old Joseph Williams were found alive a few hours before also near the Point Breeze area.

The three young men hail from the Altoona, Pennsylvania area were in the region to visit the McCormicks' grandparents in Barker, and have a little bit of fun on Lake Ontario.

Pastor Ronald R. Anderson of Calvary Baptist Church in Altoona identified the three young men and their families, noting the young men and their families are all active in their church in Altoona.

“It's a complete travesty,” said Pastor Anderson. “Jacob was loved by everyone in the community.”

While the two survivors are thankful to be alive their hearts are surely broken to have lost Jacob.

We offer our prayers and condolences to the family.

Source:

http://nypost.com/2017/09/05/missing-kayaker-found-dead-on-lake-ontario/

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