Two drownings Sunday bringing 2018 total to 42
The number of drownings in Quebec jumped to 42 Sunday after a pair of incidents in the Lanaudiere and Outaouais regions.
The first happened during the very early morning hours of Sunday.
A group of friends from Montreal who were staying in a cabin near Pontbriand Lake in Rawdon decided to go for a swim at about 3:00 A.M.
According to the information given to police and firefighters, a 23-year-old man who did not know how to swim was being helped by his friends when he slipped and went under the water. He did not resurface and his friends could not find him in the dark.
A little before 10:30 A.M. Sûreté du Québec divers called in to help with the search found the young man's body near a floating dock in an area where the water is less than 10 feet deep.
"We know by now that the swimmer was [inexperienced], and that alcohol might be involved" SQ spokesperson Stephane Tremblay told CTV Montreal.
According to Quebec's lifesaving society, nearly half of all drownings involving young adults in the province involve alcohol.
The drowning has many residents in shock, because the area where it happened is considered safe.
"I've been swimming there for more than 20 years with my kid and everything, it's a very, very quiet place" Manon Brouillard said.
In the afternoon, police in Ripon, in the Outaouais region were called to the Rivière de la Petite Nation after a Mexican tourist was carried away by the strong current.
The 30-year-old man had been swimming with a group of friends, all tourists, under a bridge in the water when the current became too much for him. His friends tried to help pull him from the water but were unable.