RCMP investigate drowning at local lake


2017-02-28 15:39 PST

File # 2017-5997

An adult male has presumably drowned at Westwood Lake after a witness saw his canoe tip over and then saw him fall into the lake. Despite efforts from an off duty Nanaimo Mountie and Nanaimo Fire and Rescue crews the male could not be located. The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 pm on Monday February 27, 2017.

The Nanaimo Mountie had just arrived at the lake when he heard the yelling then saw the male in the water near his canoe. The officer swam out a short distance towards him but due to the frigid temperatures he was unable to reach the male before losing sight of him. City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue were on scene within seven minutes and launched a rescue boat but were also not able to locate him.

Officers with the RCMP Dive team are expected to begin searching the lake in the morning of Tuesday February 28th and the investigation is continuing.


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Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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