16-year-old Calgarian drowns in river near Seebe Dam

Aug 18 2020, 10:02 am

The body of a 16-year-old Calgary boy was recovered on Monday.

A release from Cochrane RCMP states that Paul Blessing had gone missing on August 8 after attempting to swim across a river just east of the Seebe Dam.

Blessing had been swept under the water and could not be located by search and rescue operations.

On August 17, Blessing’s body was recovered by the Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society and Cochrane Search and Rescue.

Police continue to investigate the drowning.

The Summer Water Safety page of the Canadian Red Cross’ website states that children aged 1 to 4 and men aged 15 to 44 are at the greatest risk of drowning. While swimming skills are important, those enjoying Alberta’s recreational waters should also be wary of currents, wear life jackets, and avoid diving headfirst into water.

“Never underestimate the power of current,” states the page.

“Swimmers or waders can be swept away in an instant, particularly if non-swimmers or weak swimmers get caught by current in rivers or out of their depth in abrupt drop-offs.”

More information about summer water safety can be found here.

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