Two Westman men have drowned since July 15 in two separate incidents, police say.
Police were first dispatched to a possible drowning at Reston Lake on July 15 at approximately 9 p.m., according to police.
When officers arrived they learned a man had been swimming in the lake with family members, but did not leave the water with his family, according to a press release. The family members searched for him and called police.
The local fire department arrived and started searching the water. The RCMP, Manitoba First Nations Police Service and other emergency services searched the surround area. Rescue teams from Virden and Oak Lake also aided in the search.
The 39-year-old Canupawakpa First Nation man was found underwater and brought to shore several hours later. Police say he was then pronounced dead.
A second man drowned in a separate incident on July 20, police say.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. the RCMP received a report of a possible drowning at the Kenton Dam in the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth.
When officers arrived witnesses told police they saw the man swimming alone, but he was gone half an hour later, according to police. His vehicle and dog were still at the scene, so police immediately began searching the area.
Officers searched the shore and water by boat, but the man was not found.
The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team deployed their Underwater Remote Operated vehicle to find the man, who was brought to shore.
The 52-year-old man from Kenton was then pronounced dead.
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