October 31, 2018 4:40 pm

Manitoba man presumed drowned near Gypsumville

The Fairford railway bridge.

The Fairford railway bridge.

Manitoba Historical Society

A man from Pinaymootang First Nation is believed to have drowned after falling off a train bridge in Fairford, Manitoba Tuesday night.

Gypsumville RCMP say the bridge – known locally as the “the black bridge” – crosses the Fairford River, about 220 km north of Winnipeg.

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The man, 22, was with friends when he fell into the water, police said, but they lost sight of him due to darkness and a strong current.

RCMP, the local fire department and community volunteers searched for the man Tuesday, but weren’t able to find him.

Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident, and they’re continuing to investigate.

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