A man drowned after going under water in Entrance Bay in Cultus Lake Provincial Park around 3 p.m. on July 25, 2020. Cultus Lake Fire Department, BCEHS, Chilliwack SAR and RCMP all responded to the scene. (Shane MacKichan video still)

UPDATE: Student from India drowned at Cultus Lake Saturday

22-year-old Kwantlen student went under the water at Entrance Bay and could not be revived

A 22-year-old man from India has been confirmed as the victim of a drowning at Cultus Lake on Saturday.

The Cultus Lake Fire Department was dispatched around 3:15 p.m. to the 2900-block of Columbia Valley Road on July 25, which is at Entrance Bay in the provincial park.

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Chilliwack RCMP said the man was found under the water by a Good Samaritan and brought to shore, but he was unable to be revived.

Various social media posts and an online South Asian news magazine Desibuzz Canada reported that the drowning victim was Manpreet Singh, who was an international student attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, and was from a village in Gurdaspur, Punjab.

“I can confirm an adult drowned at Entrance Bay at Cultus Lake today,” said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail on Saturday. “Informing the next-of-kin has not been done, so we’re not releasing a name. There’s no evidence of criminality and the RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating.”

There were reports that a person fell into the water at or near Entrance Bay and people in a boat on the water were searching for them.

At 4:05 p.m. it was reported that the person was in an ambulance and being tended to by paramedics.

This is the second Indian national to drown in the area in recent weeks. On May 11, a 22-year-old from India was with friends at a popular cliff diving spot known as Teskey Rock near Vedder Bridge on Chilliwack River.

• READ MORE: Body of 22-year-old man from India recovered from Vedder River in Chilliwack

The BC Coroner Service and RCMP continue to investigate the July 25 drowning incident.


 

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The Cultus Lake Fire Department was called to a drowning at Entrance Bay on July 25. (Google Maps)

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