1 man dead, 1 seriously injured after falling into water off Peggys Cove

A man has died and another has life-threatening injuries after they were swept into the water off Peggys Cove, N.S., on Monday evening.

Police, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, the coast guard, fire crews and paramedics responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. AT about two people in distress in the water in the tiny fishing village and popular tourist site outside Halifax.

RCMP said Tuesday the man who died was a 23-year-old from Dartmouth, N.S., while the injured man is a 26-year-old from Ontario.

Halifax District RCMP spokesperson Const. Guillaume Tremblay said the initial investigation has revealed that the two men were swept into the water by a wave.

Crews searched in the darkness for the two men.

The Ontario man was located by fire crews near the shoreline and rescued at 8:55 p.m. He was transported to hospital by ambulance.

Crews aboard a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter, a Hercules aircraft, the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Hare Bay, the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Earl Grey, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Angel 6, fire boats and fishing boats searched for the Dartmouth man until 9:40 p.m., when he was found in the ocean.

He was pulled aboard the Hare Bay, then hoisted onto the Cormorant helicopter, which transported him to 12 Wing Shearwater while search and rescue staff performed first aid. He was pronounced dead at Shearwater.

The medical examiner’s office is investigating the incident.

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