Quebec gets quite a bit of tourism each year. It's common to see people come here from different places around the world during the Summer months, what's not common is the death of a tourist while on vacation in our province.
Yesterday afternoon the Sûreté du Québec confirmed the death of a tourist from Mexico after he was swept away by the Petite-Nation River, located in Western Quebec.
The man was swimming with five other people in the river by the chemin du Lac Grosleau and chemin Neveu intersection in Ripon, Quebec. Around noon, the man reportedly lost his footing and went underwater. That was when the current became too strong for the 30-year-old and it carried him away from the group. The people he was with were unable to find him and quickly called authorities for help.
Two-and-a-half hours later the man was spotted in the river and was rescued by local firefighters and police. The man was rushed to the nearest hospital in hopes that he could be resuscitated, but unfortunately he had passed before anything could be done.
The identity of the man has not yet been released, as police are still investigating what exactly happened that ultimately led to the man's death.