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Three men drown near Leaf Rapids Oct. 21

One of the men fell from a fishing lodge dock into the Churchill River and the two others jumped in to help him but soon began to struggle, police say.
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Three men from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation drowned at a fishing lodge near Leaf Rapids Oct. 21.

Three men drowned in the Churchill River near Leaf Rapids Oct. 21, RCMP say.

The drownings occurred at a remote fishing lodge around 11 p.m. One of the men fell off a dock into the water and two others went into the water in an effort to help him. They too began to struggle.

Other people nearby pulled two of them to shore. One of them died at the scene and the other was given first aid but later died.

The third male was not located until the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team was deployed to the area on Oct. 23 and found him dead in the water.

All three men, aged 49, 51 and 54, were from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake.

Leaf Rapids RCMP continue investigating.

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