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Teen Drowns While Swimming at Portage Diversion

June 7, 2021 2:07 PM | News


Portage Spillway

The Portage Spillway, as seen on Sunday, April 2, 2017. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A 17-year-old boy drowned while swimming at the Portage Diversion on Lake Manitoba last Friday.

RCMP were called to the area just after 7 p.m. when the boy had gone under while swimming near the beach area.

According to police, the teen slipped off a sandbar into deeper water and was pulled east of the diversion, where he went under the water. His friends were able to get him to shore, where a bystander began CPR until EMS arrived.

Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased on scene.