John Fehr died attempting to save Justin A. S. and Joey A. Fehr from drowning, Port Rowan, Ontario, August 12, 1995. Justin, 4, fell from a boat into Long Point Bay, off the north shore of Lake Erie, while fishing with his father, Joey, 26, and others, including Joey’s brother, John, 23. Joey immediately entered the water for his son but encountered difficulty staying afloat. John and another man entered the water from the boat, which then drifted away. As the other man helped to keep Justin afloat then attempted to return to the drifting boat, John submerged. Other boaters responded and recovered Justin, Joey, and the other man. They were taken to shore, then to the hospital, where Justin was kept overnight. John was recovered from the lake two days later; he had drowned.
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