Rescue teams at Dorwin Falls near Rawdon have recovered the body of young man who drowned while trying to save a friend on Sunday.

Sgt. Audrey-Anne Bilodeau of the Quebec provincial police said the man’s body was found a few feet beneath the surface of the water by a team from the local fire department.

The victim is a man believed to be in his 20s.

Around 20 volunteers participated in the search. A police helicopter and dive teams also took part.

Police received a call around 6:15 p.m. Sunday about a swimmer in distress near the falls.

Bilodeau said a group of young adults were picnicking near the water Sunday afternoon.

A young woman jumped into the water and quickly ran into trouble. The man who drowned went after her in a bid to help.

He was followed by a third person, who managed to get the woman to shore.

Bilodeau said police are now trying to determine the exact cause of the young man's death.

“Did he knock his head, or was it drowning that was responsible,” she said.

The answer could contribute to improved safety measures in the area where, Bilodeau said, a number of people

have drowned over the years.

She said people often swim and dive in the area despite prominent danger signs. 

Thirty-year-old Maria Pantazopoulos from Laval died at the site in August 2012 while posing for photographs in her wedding dress.