Missing man found dead in Alberta lake

Emergency vehicles were on scene at Long Lake, Alta. on Saturday afternoon. Courtesy: Barb Zerbin

RCMP said Sunday they found the body of a 31-year-old man who disappeared under the water in a northern Alberta lake Saturday.

Boyle RCMP said first responders were called to Long Lake Provincial Park at around 2 p.m. Saturday for a possible drowning.

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Witnesses reported a that the man had been on the water with a youth when the dinghy they were in capsized, police said. Witnesses were able to pull the youth out of the lake, but the man disappeared underneath the water, according to RCMP.

Boyle RCMP, Lac La Biche RCMP, Boyle Fire, Thorhild Fire, Alberta Fish & Wildlife, Alberta Parks and EMS were involved in the search. RCMP air services and search and rescue divers also provided assistance. The search continued until dark on Saturday and restarted Sunday morning.

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An RCMP helicopter on scene at Long Lake, Alta., on Saturday afternoon. Barb Zerbin / Courtesy

RCMP asked those in the area to keep an eye out for the missing man and allow emergency crews space as they conducted the search.

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Long Lake is located about 130 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

– With files from Kaylen Small

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