Search continues for Ukrainian refugee who went missing in Quebec river

The Sûreté du Québec says divers had to suspend some searches due to heavy currents, but rescue teams are still working to find the 21-year-old Ukrainian refugee missing since Wednesday. Mario Beauregard/The Canadian Press/File

The search is ongoing for a Ukrainian refugee who went missing Wednesday evening after swimming in a Quebec river.

Quebec provincial police say the man in his early 20s went missing after going into the Etchemin River near St-Anselme, Que., southeast of Quebec City.

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Rescue teams are working to find him via divers and a helicopter surveying the water and river banks.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers say that due to strong currents, the divers have had a hard time in the water and have had to suspend some of their searches.

Authorities say the young man’s mother called police about her son after he went missing on Wednesday.

The Quebec chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress says the man has a mother and two brothers also in Canada.

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— with files from The Canadian Press

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