Holiday drowning near Vineland
Grimsby Independent, 30 Mar 1921, p. 1
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Item Type
Newspaper located at the Grimsby Museum
Date of Publication
30 Mar 1921
Date Of Event
25 Mar 1921
Personal Name(s)
Moyer, Gladstone ; Brown, Cecil ; Sterritt, Leslie
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Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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Full Text

A regrettable fatality occurred on Good Friday, near Vineland Station, resulting in the death of a highly respected and promising young man, his companion being rescued from the same fate within an ace of death. The two, Gladstone Moyer, aged 17, and Cecil Brown, aged 16, had procured a boat and had spent some time fishing on the 20-mile creek, near Vineland Station. It is understood that the craft was in a leaky condition, and that it had also shipped water, but the occupants did not become alarmed as the stream is generally shallow, except the channel bed. When near the shore, they were forced to jump from the boat, where the water, unknown to them, was very deep. After struggling about, Moyer told his chum who had under difficulties endeavored to assist Gladstone to shore, that he was done for, these being the last words he was known to utter. Cecil Brown was so exhausted, being weighed down with rubber boots which had filled with water, that, had it not been for the intervention of a friend, Leslie Sterritt, who rushed into the water and was barely able to reach the drowning man and pull him to shore before life was extinct, he would also have lost his life.

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Holiday drowning near Vineland