Authorities have ruled the death of a 24-year-old woman at Round Lake on Sunday as an accidental drowning.
Shellbrook and Prince Albert RCMP responded at approximately 8:30 p.m. to a call of a possible drowning on Round Lake, which is located approximately 20 kilometres north of Highway 3 in the RM of Buckland.
“We were notified by EMS,” Cpl. Michelle Bonstrom-Peake of the Prince Albert RCMP said.
Two women from Saskatoon, ages 23 and 24, were in separate kayaks in the middle of Round Lake at the time of the incident.
As related by the surviving woman, one of the kayaks capsized before the second kayak followed suit. After the two kayaks capsized, both women attempted to swim to shore before losing contact with each other.
The 23-year-old woman reached the shore and subsequently called for help, later being transported by EMS to a hospital in Prince Albert for observation.
“I believe there were other cabin owners in the area that assisted,” Bonstrom-Peake said.
Witnesses observed the females using drugs and alcohol prior to the incident. Cpl. Michelle Bonstrom-Peake
Shellbrook RCMP members discovered the body of the 24-year-old woman in the water along the shore of the south side of Round Lake at approximately 9:45 p.m.
Neither woman was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident, during which weather conditions were good and the lake was calm.
Police believe drugs and alcohol may have played a role.
“Witnesses observed the females using drugs and alcohol prior to the incident,” Bonstrom-Peake said.
With the death ruled an accidental drowning, no further investigation is expected to take place.
Police are not releasing the name of the deceased 24-year-old woman at the request of the family.