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Erin woman drowns while swimming in Severn

Kathy Venneman, 53, went underwater Saturday and failed to surface; body was found Sunday
2018-06-21 OPP marine patrol 4
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ORILLIA - The Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), with the assistance of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (URSU), has recovered the body of a female who was swimming with friends and failed to surface.

On July 13, at 3:45 p.m., a group of friends were swimming from a boat on the Trent-Severn Waterway near Morrison Landing in northern Severn Township when a female slipped beneath the water and failed to surface. The friends began a frantic search and were assisted by numerous bystanders while emergency services were called. Members of the USRU and the Orillia OPP Marine Unit responded and began a formal search of the waters until dark, at which time the search was suspended. Efforts resumed the following morning and at 1:04 p.m., the body of the missing swimmer was recovered.

Police have identified the deceased as Kathy Venneman, 53, of Erin.