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RCMP respond to drowning at Portage la Prairie Diversion

By: Brayden Hnatiuk
Posted: June 7, 2021 14:14

17-year-old boy dies after slipping off a sandbar into deeper water

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A 17-year-old boy died Sunday (June 6) evening while swimming at the Portage la Prairie Diversion on Lake Manitoba. 

RCMP say an investigation has determined the boy was swimming with friends and had entered the water from the beach area. They say, he then slipped off a sandbar into deeper water, and was pulled east of the diversion, where he went under. His friends were able to get him to shore and a bystander began CPR until EMS arrived.

When officers arrived the boy was not conscious, and EMS were providing medical care. The 17-year-old was pronounced deceased on scene.

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