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Man drowns in Shuswap River in North Okanagan

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A 53-year-old man drowned in the Shuswap River in Cherryville this past weekend.

At around 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, the man went into the river near Sugar Lake with the plan to swim across and back, according to an RCMP media release issued today, June 17.

RCMP said the man made it across the river but when he was swimming back the current took him down river and out of sight of his companions.

“Despite searching for over three-hours, the group were unable to locate their friend and advised police,” Vernon RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Tania Finn said in the release.

“It was through the efforts of Vernon Search and Rescue that the body of the man was discovered the following day.”

RCMP do not identify the drowning victim.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased,” Cpl. Finn said.

Police warn that at this time of year the fast moving water can be unpredictable and dangerous, and extra care must be taken on lakes and rivers as the weather warms up.

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