July 14, 2014 11:44 am

ATV driver dead, fisherman presumed drowned in accident near Brandon

RCMP say a woman is dead and a man presumed drowned after an ATV driver hit a fisherman near Rivers, Man.

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WINNIPEG – A woman is dead and a man presumed drowned after an ATV knocked a fisherman into a spillway near Rivers, Man., on the weekend.

A 58-year-old Rivers woman was driving an ATV down the embankment at the Rivers Reservoir spillway before 8:30 p.m. Saturday when she lost control, Blue Hills RCMP said Monday in a news release.

She hit a 39-year-old man from Brandon who was fishing in the spillway and was knocked into the water, police said.

The woman died at the scene, while police launched a search for the man in the spillway, which had a significant current.

The man hasn’t been found despite the efforts of the RCMP underwater recovery team and the Office of the Fire Commissioner, but he is presumed drowned. Search efforts continue.

Police believe the woman was wearing a helmet and alcohol isn’t believe to be a factor.

An RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist is helping with the continuing investigation.

The names of the woman and man won’t be released, police said.

Rivers is about 30 kilometres northwest of Brandon in southwestern Manitoba.

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