The RCMP said its officers were called to a possible drowning at Chestermere Lake at about 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon.
Police said they were told a man did not resurface after going underwater in the lake east of Calgary.
According to the RCMP, the missing man was with another man on a paddleboard when they fell into the water near Anniversary Beach. Both men began to struggle once they hit the water.
One of the men was rescued by other swimmers before being taken to hospital for precautionary reasons. The other man has not been seen since.
As of 10:15 p.m., the RCMP had yet to announce that they had found the man.
“Recovery efforts are underway,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz. “It’s a very stressful situation for the family.”
Wielgosz said recovery efforts were hampered by dark and murky water in parts of the lake. He added that he was glad someone sprung into action and was at least able to rescue one of the two men.
“It was fortunate that beachgoers were observant,” he said. “They noticed that these two men were in trouble.”
Wielgosz said the man who is missing is in his 40s and the man who was taken into hospital is in his 20s. He added that both men were from Calgary.
In addition to Mounties, members of Chestermere Fire Services were called to the scene.
An ambulance was seen parked by the lake.
Chestermere is located about 20 kilometres east of Calgary.
Watch below: (From July 17, 2021) Kelly Carter with the Lifesaving Society joins Global News Calgary to discuss water safety following several drownings in Alberta this summer.
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