Three Manitobans drown in unrelated weekend incidents

The Portage Diversion. Lauren McNabb / Global News / File

Three Manitobans died in unrelated drowning incidents on Friday.

The first victim, a 39-year-old Winnipeg man, was on the shore of the Whitemouth River with his family when he slipped on rocks and fell into the water near the Elma Bridge crossing, police said.

When Lac Du Bonnet RCMP arrived, a bystander had been able to get the man out of the water with a canoe, but the man was pronounced dead on scene.

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Later that evening, Portage la Prairie RCMP were called about a 17-year-old boy who had gone under the water at the Portage Diversion on Lake Manitoba.

Police said the victim was swimming with his friends when he slipped off a sandbar into deeper water and was pulled underwater east of the diversion.

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Despite efforts from his friends and from emergency services, he wasn’t conscious when officers arrived and was pronounced dead on scene.

Also on Friday around 7 p.m., police say a 24-year-old Steinbach man was with friends at Reynolds Pond near Richer when he attempted to swim out to an island around 100 yards from shore.

After deciding to come back, he went underwater and while one of his friends swam out to assist him, he didn’t resurface.

The RCMP underwater recovery team was able to find the man on Saturday.

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