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Foreign student drowns in Shuswap area lake

A 27-year-old foreign exchange student has drowned in the Shuswap's White Lake.

On July 28, the Salmon Arm RCMP, White Lake Fire Department and Shuswap Search and Rescue responded to a report of a missing swimmer in the lake.

The swimmer was a foreign student who was studying in Canada. He had attempted to swim to a floating dock or raft and appeared to panic, according to a press release issued by the RCMP.

The man was with a group of non-swimmers who were unable to throw him something to help him float. He went under the surface of the water and it wasn't until this morning that underwater teams were able to find his body.

"At this time the family and learning institution are aware of the incident and the tragic death of a son. The witnesses are being support by grief counselors at the learning institution they are attending and the family of the victim is being supported by their Consulate," according to the RCMP.

The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating.

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