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Winnipeg Man Drowns Trying to Retrieve Drifting Watercraft from Boat Launch

August 20, 2019 3:13 PM | News

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

An 85-year-old Winnipeg man has died after attempting to retrieve his boat from a launch at Netley Creek in the RM of St. Andrews.

RCMP say the man was at the end of Breezy Point Road late Monday morning when his boat drifted away from the shore. He tried to reach it by swimming to the watercraft, but began to struggle once he reached his boat. Police say he wasn’t wearing a lifejacket at the time.

A witness says the man went under next to his boat, while another boater arrived and jumped in the water to grab a hold of him. RCMP officers were able to bring the man to shore, where CPR was performed until EMS could arrive. The man was taken to hospital in unstable condition and succumbed to his injuries.

Selkirk RCMP and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating.


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