Efforts to find a boater who fell into Harrison Lake have been suspended.
The man’s name hasn’t been released, but he’s been identified on social media as 27-year-old Nashwan Ahmed from Nashville.
He and another man hit the water when their boat overturned Tuesday afternoon.
The other man was rescued, but there has been no sign of Ahmed, despite searches in the air, water and shore.
Search and rescue crews say a dive team might go back in a week, but the file has been turned over to the RCMP.
This is the fourth drowning recorded at the lake in the past several weeks.
Friends and family of two other victims have called for better signs to be put up warning others of the lake’s sudden winds, cold temperatures and strong currents.
In June, two men. Danny Reid and Gary Duong drowned after their inflatable raft floated away from them and they attempted to swim to shore. Last week family and friends of the young men released an online video warning of the dangerously cold temperatures, strong currents and sudden winds on Harrison Lake.
On August 7th, a young woman in her 20s also drowned.
Earlier this week Drex spoke with Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, a Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba about how people react in cold water. Giesbrecht has studied the body in cold water extensively. He says when people are in cold water for longer than a few minutes, cold incapacitation begins to set in, which is when a person’s nerves and muscle fibres start cooling and they don’t work as well.
“We’ve all had where we can’t work our fingers very well, but if you’re swimming in cold water, cold incapacitation is manifest as swim failure. And you don’t have a life jacket on, you are going to drown. The bottom line is if you’re out in the middle of the water and you don’t have any floatation or not grabbing anything or holding onto anything – the minute you can no longer swim, you are going to die.”
Cold water will kill the best swimmer
The most common sense thing is just putting on a life jacket, says Geisbrecht.
“People don’t put on a life jacket for a number of reasons. People think they’re a good simmer, well if it’s cold water, a good swimmer doesn’t matter.”
“anytime you’re in a small boat, you should have a life jacket on”
Listen to the full interview with Dr. Giesbrecht: