Man in 20s drowns after slipping off inflatable device at popular BC lake

Iain Burns | August 11, 2020 in Provincial

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A man has drowned at a popular lake near Squamish. 

The RCMP said it was called about a missing swimmer in Browning Lake, in Murrin Provincial Park, at about 6:40 pm on Monday.

The man, in his mid-20s, had been on an inflatable device but slipped off and could not be found, witnesses told officers.

Following a “frantic search,” police said the man was found. 

He was treated by BC Ambulance staff as well as firefighters before being taken to hospital. 

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Unfortunately, he did not survive. 

"Water safety has always been a concern in the Sea to Sky and the ocean, lakes and rivers in the Squamish area are no exception" said Sgt. Sascha Banks. 

"Our thoughts are with the young man's family and friends. I unfortunately have had to provide this Adventuring Safely message in the Sea to Sky far too many times. 

“I can only ask that you please please be safe in our communities."

Mounties are now working alongside the BC Coroners Service to determine what exactly happened to the man. 

The man’s name will not be released by police. 

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