South Korea famed actor, Song Joong-ki and lifeguard, Joel Fretcher, have drowned in Canada in what police are calling a “case of misadventure”.

The accident took place at Lake Ontario, Canadian province of Ontario, according to Police statement.

The South Korean Embassy representative confirmed the report to the media that Song Joong-ki was fishing on May 14, when he fell into the water. He was in distress and Joel jumped into the water to assist him. According to the Embassy, both were pulled from the water but could not be resuscitated.

According to reports, the water was a punishing 35 degrees Fahrenheit at the time, only slightly above freezing.

Officials of Canada and the South Korea Embassy are processing the accident and further information will be communicated to the media, the Embassy rep said.

According to his Canadian host, Song was on a two-week secret vacation and was a avid outdoor enthusiast of Canada.


Song Joong-ki, 33, was a South Korean actor. He rose to fame in the historical drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the variety show Running Man as one of the original cast members when it premiered in 2010. Song played his first TV leading role in the melodrama The Innocent Man.

Joel Fretcher was a rescuer who supervised the safety and rescue of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants at Lake Ontario. He has been at the site since 2016.

An average of 289 people drown in Canada each year while recreating in, on or near the water.

Lake Ontario, where the incident took place, is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by the Canadian province of Ontario, and on the south and east by the American state of New York, whose water boundaries meet in the middle of the lake.