RCMP find body of Calgary teen presumed drowned near Seebe Dam

File photo of an RCMP cruiser.

RCMP say they’ve found the body of a Calgary teen who was presumed drowned after he was swept away 10 days ago by the Bow River current near the Seebe Dam.

Cochrane RCMP said in a news release Tuesday that they, with help from Central Alberta Rescue Diving Society and Cochrane Search and Rescue, had located the body of 16-year-old Blessing Paul “underwater deceased.” RCMP continues to investigate the incident, the news release said.

Cochrane RCMP first responded to the scene on Aug. 8 when there was a report of a male youth who went missing while swimming with friends on the Bow River east of the Seebe Dam. Despite the use of boats and a helicopter, Cochrane RCMP was unable to locate Paul.

RCMP continued to search for Paul that weekend, using underwater cameras and sonar.

Cochrane RCMP Cpl. Troy Savinkoff said last week

there was poor visibility in the water which hindered the search efforts.

RCMP told Postmedia last week this is the fourth drowning in the area since 2012.

Family have created a

GoFundMe

to help with the costs of a funeral and burial expenses.

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