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Search continues for man, dog who drowned near Canmore

Calgary man drowned while attempting to save a dog that jumped from boat at Spray Lakes.

KANANASKIS COUNTRY, Alta. – Police are continuing to search for the body of a man who drowned while attempting to save a dog at Spray Lakes Sunday (Aug. 7).

Canmore RCMP responded to a call at about 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of a drowning. Police said a Calgary man was fishing with family and the dog jumped from the boat into the water.

The man tried to get the dog by jumping into the water, but neither resurfaced after submerging, police said.

Canmore Fire-Rescue, Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Alberta conservation officers and Kananaskis Emergency Services all responded to the area to search for the man and dog.

“Adequate resources are currently in place for the search operation,” police said in a media release. “At this time, Canmore RCMP are asking the public to avoid the south end of Spray Lakes while search efforts continue with the added assistance of the Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society (CARDS).”

The drownings were the second reported this summer at Spray Lakes.

The first saw three people die in a boating accident near Spray Lakes campground on July 10.

A boat with four Calgary men capsized and led to a three-day search for the men.

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