Cause of swimmer’s death unknown

A 42-year-old Red Deer man died Saturday after going into medical distress while swimming on Sylvan Lake.

A 42-year-old Red Deer man died Saturday after going into medical distress while swimming on Sylvan Lake.

According to witnesses, the man was swimming in the lake near a boat when he went into distress and disappeared under the water around 1:30 p.m. Those witnesses were able to pull the man from the water and performed CPR on him while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.

The man was then transported by ambulance to the hospital in Red Deer where he was pronounced dead.

Sylvan Lake RCMP say the cause of death is not yet known, but it is not considered suspicious.

Less than three weeks ago, a 26-year-old Calgary man drowned at the lake when he couldn’t get back onto his inflatable boat after jumping into the water.

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