“Medical distress” linked to death of man pulled from water

A 42 year old Red Deer man died after “going into medical distress” while swimming near a boat in Sylvan Lake Saturday afternoon.

A 42 year old Red Deer man died after “going into medical distress” while swimming near a boat in Sylvan Lake Saturday afternoon.

Sylvan Lake firefighters were initially called for a water rescue about 1:30 p.m. but witnesses who noticed the man slip below the surface were able to pull him from the water and perform CPR while bringing him to the landfill pier where first responders from the fire department, Associated Ambulance and RCMP were waiting.

The man was transported by ambulance to Red Deer Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead, reported RCMP Cpl. Mike Purse.

A cause of death is not known at this time, but the death is not considered suspicious, he indicated.