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RCMP investigating youth drownings on St. Mary River near Spring Coulee

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RCMP from Raymond and Milk River are investigating drownings on the St. Mary River.

On Wednesday (June 10) around 10:30 pm officers were called out to an area near Spring Coulee. Mounties say a group of roughly ten people had gone swimming and canoeing earlier in the day.

Three girls were said to be having trouble trying to get out of the water. One was located, however she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other two were swept away by the current.

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Lethbridge Search and Rescue was called in and a second girl was found Thursday morning, also deceased.

An RCMP search helicopter has now been called into help find the other missing youth.

At this time, no names have been released.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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