Search ends for man swept away by western Quebec river

The man in his 30s had been swimming with a group of people in the Rivière Coulonge last Wednesday.

Body of woman in her 60s also recovered from Rivière Coulonge

Police said the man had been swimming with a group when he was swept away by fast moving water. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Police are done searching for a man in his 30s swept away by strong rapids on the Rivière Coulonge last Wednesday.

The man was swimming with others in an area of the river 40 kilometres north of Fort Coulonge, Que., when he was caught up in the river's fast-moving water, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) told CBC Ottawa.

Bystanders tried unsuccessfully to rescue the man at the time, police said. He wasn't wearing a life jacket.

Police divers, helicopters and other search crews had been combing the water and shore searching for the man since Wednesday, but stopped late Saturday afternoon.

Police are asking people in the area to watch for signs of the man. 

Woman's body recovered

The body of a 68-year-old woman was also recovered from the same river Saturday, police said.

Police identified the woman as Debra Wittenburg Lytle of Fort Coulonge.

They said her body was discovered in the municipalité de Mansfield-et-Pontefract in western Quebec. 

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