The community of Hopedale is grieving the loss of one of its residents following a drowning near the community yesterday.
Constable Andrew Standen is the Acting Corporal for the Hopedale RCMP Detachment.
In a press release he says RCMP members responded to a call of a drowning at Shetnik yesterday afternoon.
Shetnik is a local swimming area located just outside of the community.
Witnesses stated that they saw a local man go under the water minutes before the RCMP arrived.
The first RCMP member on the scene had entered the water in an attempt to retrieve the man.
The attempt was unsuccessful.
Over 20 volunteers joined the RCMP in the search for the 35-year-old male.
After three hours of searching, the body was recovered.
The man’s body was taken to the local clinic where he was pronounced dead.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing.