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Man drowns at West Lake

A man drowned at West Lake Monday.

Prince George RCMP say they were called out just before 4 p.m. after receiving a report of a non-swimmer that had gone under the water while in the swimming area of West Lake.

The man was located and pulled from the water by members of the pubic, but was unresponsive.

Officers attended the scene and took over cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from a bystander in an attempt to revive the man.  Officers continued CPR and utilized an automated external defibrillator (AED) until paramedics arrived on scene and took over.  Further efforts to revive the man were unsuccessful and he was declared deceased.  The BC Coroners Service attended the scene and will assume conduct of the investigation.  At this time, there are no indications that foul play was involved.

The Prince George RCMP would like to thank those members of the public who pulled the man from the water, began CPR and assisted before and after emergency responders arrived. 

Anyone affected by this incident is urged to speak to someone about it for their own mental health wellness.  The Prince George RCMP’s Victim Services Section is available for support and can be reached at 250-561-3329.  The Crisis Prevention, Intervention & Information Centre is available 24 hours a day at 1-888-562-1214.  Both services are free of charge.