Edmonton: A Punjabi youth has died of drowning in a Sylvan Lake in Alberta, Canada.
According to sources, the accident took place on Wednesday and the police recovered his body on Thursday evening.
The deceased youth has been identified as Palwinder Singh, 21, of Nabha, City in Punjab, India.
RCMP said two men were floating on round inflatable when a wave knocked both of them into the water.
People on nearby dinghy helped one man out of the water but could not find the second man.
A family friend Maninder Kaloti says Palwinder Singh moved to Edmonton, Canada in November 2018.
Singh was not a capable swimmer and had not been wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, confirmed Kaloti.
“The initial information we have that some wave came in and flipped their floaties and he couldn’t put his feet on and couldn’t survive,” said Kaloti.
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“They lost him. The other friend who was on the other floaties, he tried to catch him but he lost his hand,” added Kaloti.
Friend of the Punjabi youth said that everybody is in a state of shock right now.
“It’s hard to believe that we lost him. His parents, who are back home in India, are in deep shock,” said Palwinder’s family friend.
About 160 kilometres north of Calgary, Sylvan Lake has maximum depth of 18 metres and is about 15 kilometres long.