Dr. J.H. MacMillan pronounced life extinct after working for the better part of two hours over Ronald McFaulds, 17, of Guelph. Dr. MacMillan was called to the naval training ship "Venetia" by an officer after McFaulds in some manner fell from the boat into the water. The ship, a former private yacht, was on a training course in the lake at the time.
First intimation that something was amiss was when a phone call was received from naval headquarters at Toronto asking Hamilton Fire Department to take an inhalator to the ship. The inhalator, with firemen and an internee from a Hamilton hospital, put out in a harbour patrol boat, but were unable to locate the craft. In the meantime an officer from the ship put ashore near Grimsby and called for a doctor. The Hamilton boat, after receiving the call, cruised for four hours looking for the naval vessel, which had, in the meantime, put into Toronto.
It is understood the young seaman was in the water only a few moments, but he was apparently lifeless by the time medical aid was forthcoming. Chief Coroner Smirle Lawson of Toronto ordered an autopsy into the cause of death.