Nova Scotia

Body of Keji Park camper recovered

RCMP divers have found the body of a Halifax man who apparently drowned Sunday afternoon while camping with his family in Kejimkujik National Park.

Man likely drowned

RCMP divers have found the body of a Halifax man who apparently drowned Sunday afternoon while camping with his family in Kejimkujik National Park.

His body was found at about 9.25 a.m. Monday near Mill Falls in the Mersey River.

Police say the area is safe for swimming, but heavy rains this summer have made currents strong.

Just after 3 p.m. Sunday, RCMP received a call that a man in his 40s had been swimming in the water at Mill Falls and had possibly drowned, RCMP spokesman Const. Les Kakonyi said.

It appears that the man was caught in a strong current in the Mersey River that pulled him under the water, Kakonyi said.  He failed to surface again.

"There is, in fact, swift currents through that particular area, especially near the falls. It is an area where there is some concern with respect to the current. In this particular case, it appears that may have been the causal factor perhaps for what happened," he said Monday.

The North Queens Ground Search and Rescue team along with members of RCMP Bridgetown Detachment, North Queens Fire Department and officials from Park Canada searched for the man.

The man's name has not been released.

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