Westman RCMP respond to two separate drownings

July 21, 2021
RM of Wallace-Woodworth, Manitoba

News release

On July 15, 2021, at approximately 8:50 pm, Westman RCMP were dispatched to a possible drowning at Reston Lake in Reston, Manitoba. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that a male had been swimming in the lake with family members. When the family exited the water, the male was not with them. They began searching for him and called police.

The local fire department attended and was searching in the water. RCMP, Manitoba First Nations Police Service, and the remaining emergency services in attendance searched the surrounding area. The fire department and rescue team from Virden and Oak Lake also attended and began searching.

After a couple of hours of searching, the 39-year-old male from Canupawakpa was located under water and brought to shore. He was pronounced deceased.

On July 20, 2021, at approximately 4:30 pm, Westman RCMP received a report of a possible drowning at Kenton Dam at the Kenton Campground in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth, Manitoba. Officers attended and were informed that a male had been seen swimming alone. The witnesses left and came back approximately half an hour later to find the male gone, but his vehicle and his dog were still at the scene. Police immediately began searching.

Searches were conducted on shore as well as by boat for several hours, but the male was not found. The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team attended the scene and deployed their Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle. The male was located and brought to shore. The 52-year-old male from Kenton was pronounced deceased.


Contact information

Tara Seel, Media Relations Officer
RCMP Media Relations

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