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RCMP respond to two possible drownings in southern Alberta

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Mounties are investigating two possible drownings this long weekend, one near Okotoks and another not far from Lake Louise.

On Sunday night (June 30), Okotoks RCMP were called to the High Wood River in Foothills County for a report of a missing swimmer.

A man in this early 20’s jumped into the water from a ledge, surfaced for a moment, then went underwater and failed to come back up again. Several people who were watching jumped into the river to try to assist without success. 

Around the same time Sunday evening, RCMP in Lake Louise were called out to Lake Herbert, in Banff National Park for a report of a possible drowning there.

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A young man, also in his early 20’s fell into the water while paddle boarding and did not resurface.

Both searches were suspended because of darkness and search and rescue crews were expected be back looking on Monday.

Police have not released the names of the two missing men in either case.

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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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