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Mexican tourist dies after being caught in river current

A 30-year-old man from Mexico has died while swimming in the Petite-Nation River near Ripon, Que., police say.

30-year-old man pulled from the Petite-Nation River Sunday afternoon

Paddlers make their way along the Petite-Nation River in west Quebec on Aug. 12, 2018. Police say a man from Mexico has died after he was swept away by the river's current. (Radio-Canada)

A Mexican tourist is dead after being swept away by the Petite-Nation River in western Quebec Sunday afternoon, police say.

The 30-year-old man had been swimming with five other people near the intersection of chemin du Lac Grosleau and chemin Neveu in Ripon, Que., according to the Sûreté du Québec.

Quebec police have identified the man as Carlos Alberto Barraza Martinez.

At around 12:45 p.m. he reportedly lost his footing, police said. The current then carried him away.

The man was spotted roughly two-and-a-half hours later, and firefighters from Ripon and nearby Papineauville, Que., helped police pull him from the river.

First responders tried to resuscitate him at the scene. He was then rushed to the Buckingham Hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 4:15 p.m., police said.

Police continue to investigate.

Ripon is roughly 80 kilometres northeast of Ottawa.

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