July 2, 2014 1:56 pm

25-year-old man presumed drowned in accident at popular swimming spot

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Darrell Patton / Global News

VANCOUVER – A 25-year-0ld man from Riondel is presumed drowned after a swimming accident on Kootenay Lake Monday afternoon.

RCMP say officers were called to the Star Valley Cliff on Kootenay Lake at about 4:43 p.m. Two men had been diving at the well-known spot when one of them hit the water awkwardly.

His friend tried to pull him to safety, but the unconscious swimmer slipped under and did not surface.

Police say he is presumed drowned. He was familiar with the area and was described as an experience cliff diver.

His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and Nelson Search and Rescue continue efforts to recover the body, which is believed to be in approximately 170 feet of water.

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