• Carmen Marie Fabio

Drowning in Vaudreuil-Dorion


PHOTO BY GERALD SLY

The beautiful and normally tranquil area known to locals as Lac Chérie was the scene of a drowning Monday evening as a 19-year-old man attempted to swim across the lake.

A somber mood hung over a quiet neighbourhood in Vaudreuil-Dorion Tuesday morning after the recovered body of a 19-year-old man, who had been missing following a failed attempt to swim across Lac Carrière the night before, was taken away by ambulance.

Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers had been on the scene since the previous evening when the man was reported missing by his two friends who had also been in the water. All three ventured into the lake but only two successfully made it across.

“On Monday evening around 10 p.m. we were startled by the thundering sound of a helicopter right above our house,” said rue d’Avignon resident Gerald Sly who lives in the proximity of the 60-year-old former quarry known locally as Lac Chérie. “Upon going outside onto our deck we were hit with a giant spotlight from above. Then the helicopter moved to the front and was over the quarry area.”

Consulting with his neighbours, Sly was informed of the situation and said he immediately felt it would not end well.

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Access to the lake was still cordoned off with police tape the day the body was recovered.

When the helicopter left, residents assumed the body had been recovered only to see police again arrive the following morning at 9 a.m. with a diving crew. After approximately 90 minutes, the missing man was located.

“It was a very sad moment for everyone watching and there was just silence while they were loading the victim into the ambulance,” said Sly. “Such a beautiful place marked by a horrible tragedy.”

SQ spokesperson Sgt. Ingrid Asselin said police have no reason to think there’s anything suspicious about the death, just an unfortunate accident.

The young man’s two friends were transported to hospital suffering from shock.

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