Saskatchewan

Man presumed drowned in Regina's Wascana Lake

A 47-year-old man is missing and may have drowned in the waters of Wascana Lake in Regina.
The fire department's water rescue team searches for a missing man in the waters of Wascana Lake in Regina. (CBC)
A 47-year-old man is missing and may have drowned in the waters of Wascana Lake in Regina.

The Regina Fire Department's water-rescue team and the Regina Police Department's underwater dive team have been at the lake, in the heart of Regina, since shortly after 1 p.m. CST Saturday.

There were unconfirmed reports that the man set out to swim across the lake on a dare and did not make it.

Elizabeth Popowich, a spokeswoman for the Regina police, told CBC News that a man had jumped into the lake with the goal of swimming across and another man saw him disappear under water.

A police dive team was searching Wascana Lake for a missing swimmer. (CBC)
Popowich said police were called at about 1:12 p.m. and were told that that the swimmer had been missing, at that point, for about 30 minutes.

She said the police dive team was searching the water in a coordinated effort with the fire department's water rescue team.

"Divers will continue to search for the man today until they can no longer dive safely," Popowich added. "There will be an assessment done in the morning to decide on resources required and the best course of action for the search and investigation tomorrow."

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