One occurred in Reston Lake - the other at the Kenton Dam
Two men are dead after drowning in separate lakes in the Westman region over the last week
On July 15th, at approximately 8:50 pm, Westman RCMP responded to a possible drowning at Reston Lake. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that a man had been swimming in the lake with family members. When the family exited the water, he was not with them. They began searching for him and called police.
The local fire department attended and was searching in the water. RCMP, Manitoba First Nations Police Service, and the remaining emergency services in attendance searched the surrounding area. The fire department and rescue team from Virden and Oak Lake also attended and began searching.
After a couple of hours, the 39-year-old, from Canupawakpa, was located under water and brought to shore. He was pronounced deceased.
Then on July 20th, at approximately 4:30 pm, Westman RCMP received a report of a possible drowning at Kenton Dam at the Kenton Campground in the RM of Wallace-Woodworth. Officers attended and were informed that a man had been seen swimming alone. The witnesses left and came back approximately half an hour later to find him gone, however, his vehicle and his dog were still at the scene. Police immediately began searching.
Searches were conducted on shore as well as by boat for several hours, but the man was not found. The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team attended the scene and deployed their Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle. The 52-year-old was located and brought to shore, where he as pronounced deceased.