Rocky Mountain House RCMP Investigate Possible Drowning

It has been a deadly long weekend on Alberta's lakes and rivers with separate incidents reported to Rocky Mountain House RCMP, Lake Louise RCMP and Okotoks RCMP.

Caroline, Alberta ~ At about 10:15pm on Sunday, June 30th Rocky Mountain House RCMP received a report of a possible drowning in the Clearwater River in Clearwater County.

Witnesses observed a male wearing a life jacket floating in the turbulent river but were unable to make contact with him and called police.

The male was last seen in the water approximately 28 miles west of the Clearwater Bridge near Highway 22 and Highway 591.

Police located a vehicle and boat trailer near the area and have not been able to contact the 34 year old male from Calgary who is the registered owner. Rocky Mountain House RCMP believe the owner of the vehicle and the trailer is the same man who was observed in the water.

RCMP and Emergency Services have not been able to gain access to the water due to the strong current and river debris. An RCMP helicopter arrived on Monday, July 1st morning to assist in the aerial search of the river but it was not able to locate the male or the boat.

Rocky Mountain House RCMP say an update will be provided when more information is available.

Meanwhile, two more water related incidents were reported this Canada Day long weekend by RCMP.

Lake Louise RCMP say a man in his 20s disappeared under the water at Lake Herbert in Banff National Park on Sunday, June 30th when he fell off a paddle board.

Okotoks RCMP continued to look yesterday (Monday, July 1st) for a swimmer in his 20s who jumped from a ledge into the High Wood River in Foothills County on Sunday.

He surfaced for a moment, then went underwater and has not been seen since.

The Foothills Fire Department dragged the bottom of the river and the CARDS Dive Team completed their search. Unfortunately, they have not been able to locate the male.

Patrols of the river will continue, according to the Foothills Fire Department.

Okotoks RCMP note that with recent rise of the water in the area the current is strong and turbulent.


(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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