Off Duty Mountie Attempted Rescue
An adult male has presumably drowned at Westwood Lake after a witness saw his canoe tip over then saw him fall into the lake. Despite efforts from an off duty Nanaimo Mountie and Nanaimo Fire and Rescue crews the male could not be located. The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 pm on Monday February 27, 2017.
An off duty Nanaimo Mountie, who had just arrived,heard yelling then saw the male in the water near his canoe. The officer swam out a short distance towards him but due to the frigid temperatures he was unable to reach him before losing sight of him. City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue were on scene within seven minutes and launched a rescue boat but were also not able to locate him.
Officers with the RCMP Dive team are expected to begin searching the lake in the morning of Tuesday February 28th and the investigation is continuing