Day at the beach turns deadly

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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