Police confirm the incident was not a drowning but will not be providing further details. In cases such as this, it is usually some sort of mental or physical health problem causing death and the public faces no threat.
Police issued this statement Friday morning.
"In response to several media requests for comment, the North Bay Police Service confirms that police were dispatched to the beach area of Lake Nipissing at the end of Marshall Avenue West at approximately 10:54 a.m. yesterday (Thursday September 1st, 2016) following a report of a sudden death. Upon arrival at the scene, a 50-year old North Bay man was identified and confirmed as deceased. Next of kin have been notified. Cause of death has not been confirmed at this time. We are currently assisting the Coroner’s Office, who are the lead investigators in this case."
Witnesses say police pulled the body of a man from Lake Nipissing this morning, an apparent drowning victim.
Workers from a next door nursing home say they saw a man swimming around 9:30 this morning off a public access beach at the end of Marshall Avenue, next to Water's Edge nursing home. When they looked an hour later, it appeared a tarp was covering a body.
Ambulance, fire and police were all on scene.
The body was removed around 1:30 p.m.
A woman, Shelley, who described herself as a friend of the man said he lived in the nearby Edgewater Apartment building and was,"a good person who will be sadly missed". She estimates his age to be 50 plus.
Police have not released any details except to say it was a sudden death.
A post mortem is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the cause of death.