UPDATE: 18 year old U of T student drowns during school trip

    The University of Toronto says one of its students has died while attending the school's engineering survey camp in central Ontario.

     The dean of the engineering faculty released a note to staff and students informing them that an 18-year-old civil engineering student died at the facility on Gull Lake near Minden, Ont. on Tuesday afternoon.

     Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., had drowned at the camp, which the university uses to train students in land surveying and project management.

     Neither the university nor police released the teen's name.

     But Wednesday afternoon, our media partner CTV Toronto confirmed the identity of the victim as Anand Baiju, a second-year University of Toronto student enrolled in the civil engineering program.

     His uncle,Manoj Radhamni, told CTV Toronto “The family is totally devastated. “We are trying to recoup things, but still it’s very hard for us.”

     Engineering Dean Cristina Amon called the incident ``heartbreaking'' in her message and said counselling services would be available for all who need them.

     Dean added “Today, our attention must be with those affected by this terrible tragedy,” she said in a message to engineering students, faculty and staff. “The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died.”     

    Activities at the camp have been cancelled for the rest of the week.


    with files from Newstalk 1010/CTV Toronto