Lisle McNinch drowned; heavy current in channel carried body out to the lake
Grimsby Independent, 26 Apr 1916, p. 1
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Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum.
Date of Publication
26 Apr 1916
Date Of Event
22 Apr 1916
Personal Name(s)
McNinch, Lisle
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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One of the saddest drowning accidents that has happened in this district in years happened on Saturday afternoon last when little Lisle McNinch, the 8 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Smith McNinch, Robinson Street N., was drowned while playing along the creek back of Mr. Wm. Wasnidge's house at the lake. Lisle accompanied by two of his little playmates had been playing around all afternoon and about 3:30 were playing along the edge of the creek just where it flows into the channel of the harbor. In some manner Lisle lost his balance and fell into the rushing waters, was caught by the fast running current and despite his struggles was rapidly carried down the channel and out into the lake. Mr. James Hand was standing on the beach by the fish shanties and saw the body coming down the channel, he ran out on a small pier and as the boy passed, grabbed for him but missed him and in a second he had been whirled away out of sight by the rushing waters and was seen no more. Relatives were immediately notified as was Chief of Police Swayze who immediately ordered grappling hooks from Hamilton. As soon as the hooks arrived, dragging for the body was commenced and continued away late into the night. All day Sunday men were out in the fishing boats dragging, but to no avail. Dragging has been going on almost steadily since but up to going to press the body has not been located. Owing to the heavy rains of Thursday and Friday nights, the Forty was running like mad and at the point where Lisle fell in, the current is very, very strong and continues all the way through the channel and out into the lake for about 200 yards where it is absorbed by the lake currents. The little boy was the second child of Mr. and Mrs. McNinch, and was a bright, curly-headed little fellow and a general favorite with his playmates and in the neighborhood in which he lived.

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Lisle McNinch drowned; heavy current in channel carried body out to the lake