Canberrans were mourning the loss of five Duntroon naval cadets on this day in 1956, as attempts to recover four of their bodies from Lake George proved fruitless.
Four days earlier, two of the cadets had taken a boat about a mile off-shore before it capsized. Two others went to help them, before they also overturned.
Three cadets made a final rescue attempt in an assault boat but it sank. The coroner later found the horrendous series of events, combined with extreme cold and a strong wind, led to the five deaths.
Two of the seven cadets were rescued.
"Four additional powered craft were brought from Sydney yesterday to take part in an intensified search for the four Royal Military College cadets who were drowned," an article in The Canberra Times read.
"So far the body of only one cadet, Brian Jorgensen, of Western Australia, has been recovered."
The coroner later found Mr Jorgensen died from extreme cold. The other cadets, Ian David Colquhuon, James Reilly, Ronald Pritchard, and David Noble, had indeed drowned.
None of them were over the age of 19. Their bodies were all later recovered.