Lac La Biche RCMP attend accidental drowning
On August 19 at 1:30 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to assist with a report of an 18-year-old male who was observed having difficulties in the water. While out on an inflatable raft, the male was seen to jump off the raft, start swimming and then following some apparent difficulties, did not resurface from the water.
RCMP members including RCMP Air Services, with the assistance of the Kikino Fire Services, Alberta Parks and Lac La Biche Fire utilized resources including the RCMP helicopter and several boats to make efforts to locate and recover the male. Efforts were made into the evening, when the search was suspended at approximately 8:00 p.m. due to low light conditions.
Today, at 10:30 a.m. the male was located under the water with the use of an underwater camera and the resources of Search and Rescue personnel. It is anticipated that he will be retrieved from the lake utilizing the resources of an underwater dive team.
The next of kin of this male have been notified, and the RCMP offer sincere condolences to friends and family of this male. The name of the male will not be released by the RCMP.
In conjunction with the Chief Medical Examiner, the investigation into the contributing factors involved in this drowning will continue.