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Lost Lake claims second life this summer

Korean student had been studying in Whistler since early August



A second young man has died in Lost Lake this summer after a hot afternoon's swim among four friends turned tragic Wednesday.

The body of a 26-year-old Korean student, who had only been studying in Whistler since early August, was found Thursday morning by police dive teams.

Whistler RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair called it a "tragic incident," which comes on the heels of another drowning at Lost Lake in early June when a 24-year-old Washington State man lost his life.

He called that a "statistical aberration," noting that there hasn't been a drowning in that lake for at least 10 years.

"There's no indication of foul play," added LeClair.

The students were enjoying their time at Lost Lake Park when they decided to swim to the dock around 4 p.m. One didn't make it there but the others presumed he had turned around, said LeClair. When they returned to the beach they found his untouched belongings and began to get worried.

Police and Whistler Fire Rescue Service searched the small lake with poles to probe the depths but by nightfall Wednesday the search was suspended. It began again Thursday morning with specialized dive team officers from Vancouver. The man's body was found around 10 a.m.
Police are getting conflicting reports on the young man's swimming abilities.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

The name of the student is not being released at this time.

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