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N.B. man drowns in St. Margarets, P.E.I. after being caught in high surf conditions

A 52-year-old New Brunswick man has drowned in St. Margarets, P.E.I. after being pulled out to sea by the current and wave conditions created by high winds, say police.

RCMP urge caution when swimming in high surf conditions

A New Brunswick man drowned after being caught in the high surf on P.E.I.'s north shore. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

A 52-year-old New Brunswick man has drowned in St. Margarets, P.E.I. after being pulled out to sea by the current and wave conditions created by high winds, said police.

In a news release, police said the drowning occurred July 22 at 5 p.m. on the Island's North Shore.

Kings District RCMP were assisted by EMS, Souris Fire department and local fisherman from the Naufrage Harbour to try and reach the man but they didn't get to him in time. 

"Surf conditions were extreme at the time and a strong rip current contributed to both the drowning and the ability to reach the man," said police in their release.

Souris Volunteer Fire Department chief Colin LaVie said they responded to the call to Bear River Beach with their rescue boat but found the man in the water about 153 meters offshore when they arrived on the scene. 

He said the beach is a popular spot, adding the man was staying in cottages nearby and may not have realized how dangerous the high surf could be. 

The fire chief added there are no lifeguards working on that beach. 

"There was a good surf on the shore when we got to the scene. We had a job to get out through it with our own little zodiac," said LaVie. 

RCMP are urging swimmers to take extra caution when there is high surf on the water, adding undertow conditions often accompany high waves.

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