Winnipeg – Friends and family have taken to social media to remember a 19 year-old Rosenort man who drowned at St. Malo Provincial Park on Saturday.
Calvin Dueck was swimming with friends when he came “under distress while swimming,” said an RCMP release Sunday.
Dueck was a prospect of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Winkler Flyers and also was an avid baseball player.
Deuck’s father, Mervin Dueck, is a councillor in the RM of Morris.
The reeve of the RM offered his condolences over social media on Sunday.
“RM Morris council, staff, and families extend condolence(s) to Coun. Merv Dueck, wife Susan and family on the tragic death of son Calvin,” tweeted Ralph Groening, the reeve of the RM of Morris.
Groening’s wife also took to twitter to offer her sympathies.
A STARS air ambulance was dispatched about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, a STARS spokesman said, however, Dueck was taken to a hospital in Steinbach by ground ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
Twitter postings offered condolences on Dueck’s death.
Dueck’s hockey team also released a comment via twitter which read “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dueck family on the passing of Flyers prospect Calvin Dueck.”
The 19 year old`s former baseball coach, Tyler Kornelsen, posted to Dueck`s facebook page and said, “I had the honour of coaching Cal for two years of High School baseball and I have nothing but amazing memories of Cal as a ball player. He was a star player on a team that had its share of struggles but he was nothing but humble, a great leader, and also an encouragement to his teammates.”
“RIP Calvin thoughts go out to the rest of the Dueck family,” tweeted AJ Nychuk.
This is not the first time someone has drowned at St. Malo Provincial Park. There have been two others in recent years.
In July of 2009, a two-year-old boy from Kleefeld drowned in the lake and in August of 2008 a 13-year-old boy also died.