RCMP responded to three separate drownings on Friday, June 4, 2021.
At 3:30 pm RCMP in Lac du Bonnet were called to the scene of a possible drowning in the Whitemouth River at the Elma Bridge crossing.
When officers arrived the victim, a 39-year-old male from Winnipeg, was receiving CPR.
Police say that the male had slipped on the rocks along the shore and fell into the river. Bystanders made attempts to pull the male out of the river. Eventually they were successful with the aid of canoe.
The male was declared dead at the scene.
At 7:00 pm Steinbach RCMP were called to Reynolds pond near Richer for the report of a possible droning.
When officers arrived they learned that a 24-year-old male had tried to swim out to a small island about 100 yards off shore. When he was part way there he turned and began to return to shore. The male went under the water on the way back and did not resurface.
Investigators say that boaters in the area began to search but were unable to find the male.
On Saturday June 5 the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team using a remote underwater vehicle and information from the victim’s friends were able to locate the male deceased.
Portage la Prairie RCMP were called to the Portage Diversion on Lake Manitoba around 7:10 pm for the report of a possible drowning.
When officers arrived the victim was being treated by paramedics but he did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to investigators the male had entered the water from the beach area but slipped off the sandbar and fell into deeper water. He was pulled east of the diversion by the current and went under the water. His friends were able to pull him to shore. A bystander began CPR until medics arrived.
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