A massive search resumed early today for a man caught in an undertow while trying to cool off in the North Saskatchewan River near the Big Horn Dam, west of Nordegg.
Staff Sgt. Bill Laidlaw of the Rocky Mountain House Detachment said two men had been camped in the area and waded into the water to cool off at about 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday. One of the men was caught in an undertow. His companion tried to help him, but the man was swept away.
A helicopter crew rescued the second man, who had made his way to a rockbar. He was suffering from hypothermia.
The search for the missing man continues with assistance of a dive team, jet boats and a helicopter. Crews involved in the search include Alberta Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Clearwater County, Nordegg Fire and Rocky Mountain House fire departments, Rocky Search and Rescue, Emergency Medical Services and RCMP.
Police have not released the identities of the two men, stating only that the missing man is 20 years old and was wearing black shorts when he was last seen.