Swimmer found dead days after disappearing in McLeod River

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A 32-year-old man who went missing while swimming in the McLeod River has been found dead, RCMP say.

On Wednesday, just after 2 p.m., Edson RCMP received a call for a swimmer that had been swept down the McLeod River near the bridge off Highway 32. The 32-year-old man from Niton Junction was swimming in the area before being swept away.

A number of individuals in the area attempted to rescue the man but were unsuccessful.

Edson RCMP and their boat, along with the RCMP helicopter, an Alberta Agriculture helicopter, the Yellowhead County Fire Department, Hinton Search and Rescue, Drayton Valley Search and Rescue and Whitecourt Search and Rescue searched for the man into late Wednesday evening.

Their search continued and on Sunday evening, the man was found dead approximately three kilometres downstream in a remote area of the river.

Edson is approximately 201 kilometres west of Edmonton.

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