Body found of man presumed drowned while rafting
Police say they have recovered the body of a 31-year-old man who they believed drowned while rafting with friends on the Torch River on Sunday.
The man, whose name was not released, was with a group of about 10 adults who were on the river.
He was seen diving into the water but did not resurface.
Police were called around 4:50 p.m. CST to an area east of Candle Lake, Sask.
"The river is flowing at a high rate and the current is extremely strong in the area," police said in a news release Monday. "The male subject is presumed to have drowned at this time."
On Tuesday police issued another news release saying their underwater recovery team had found the body of the missing man, adding they were still investigating the case with the assistance of the provincial coroner.
According to the Lifesaving Society of Saskatchewan, if the man's death is confirmed as a drowning, it will be the 21st drowning death in the province so far in 2011. The society says there were 24 drowning deaths in Saskatchewan during all of 2010. In 2009, there were 9 drowning deaths.