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(UPDATE: Sept. 21 @ 12:20 pm) - The search for a man who was presumed to have drowned in Lake Windermere has come to a tragic end.
The 26-year-old, who has since been identified through a GoFundMe and social media as Hussein Omairi, disappeared into the lake on Saturday afternoon.
The GoFundMe, which has raised nearly $20,000 to initially help with the search and will now go towards funeral costs, said Omairi fell off a boat.
On Tuesday, police said he was presumed to have drowned and his body has since been located and recovered.
"Our condolences go out to the friends and family," said a release from the BC RCMP.
Omairi's death is not considered suspicious and the BC Coroner Service is conducting its own investigation.
Thumbnail photo of Lake Windermere courtesy of columbiavalley.com.
(Original story: Sept. 19 @ 4:30 pm) - A Kootenays search and rescue team and RCMP continue to search for a young man who is presumed to have drowned on Saturday.
At about 3 pm on Sept. 16, emergency crews responded to a report of a 26-year-old man who was swimming in Lake Windermere.
The man was seen in distress while swimming and went under and did not resurface, a release says.
As of Sept. 19, Search and Rescue, Windermere Fire and local RCMP resources are continuing to try and locate the man.
Tragically, at this time, he has not been found.
The RCMP say no further information will be released at this time out of respect for the family.