Grenville County OPP say a 57-year-old man from Brockville is dead after a diving incident in Cardinal.

OPP said the man was diving with friends from Legion Way into the St. Lawrence River. Police said the man encountered distress after completing a dive.

Friends of the man said they called 911, but their cell phones connected with cell phone towers on the U.S. side of the border. As a result, the friends said it took them twenty minutes to connect with an emergency dispatcher in Canada.

The cause of death will be determined by a post-mortem examination.

Foul play is not suspected and a coroner will be investigating.

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