Day at the beach turns deadly
Heavy surf and dangerous riptides turned deadly when a 52-year-old New Brunswick man drowned in the waters off St. Margarets beach on the Island’s north shore Saturday afternoon.
A release from the Kings District RCMP said police, assisted by Island EMS, the Souris fire department and fishermen from Naufrage Harbour, responded to the call at approximately 5:00 p.m., but the man drowned before he could be rescued.
Surf conditions were extreme at the time and a strong undertow contributed to both the drowning and the inability of rescuers to reach him.
It is believed the man, who police have not identified, was staying in a nearby cottage and may not have realized how dangerous the conditions were. The beach is not protected by lifeguards.
Meanwhile, another swimmer, a man from Sydney, N.S., died while swimming at Port Hood Beach in Cape Breton on Saturday. RCMP said he experienced “medical distress’ and died after he was brought to shore by his wife who he was with him in the water.