Man drowns while friends wait for him to resurface

Christopher Silman, 29, of Winnipeg was reported missing after going swimming in Lake of the Woods...

Christopher Silman, 29, of Winnipeg was reported missing after going swimming in Lake of the Woods July 6, 2014. He was later discovered dead. (Facebook Photo)

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, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

WINNIPEG — Friends and police are still wondering how a Winnipeg man, apparently swimming happily and healthily, suddenly vanished underwater and never resurfaced.

Kenora police recovered the body of Christopher Silman, 29, from the waters of Lake of the Woods on Sunday evening.

Friends said they were swimming with a large inflatable raft when Silman decided to backstroke back to shore. When he was about 20 feet away from the dock, he dove underwater.

"He dove underwater backwards and they didn't think there was anything suspicious and it didn't look like he was struggling or anything,” Sgt. Rob McDonough said.

“They were just standing on the raft waiting for him to resurface.

"Then 20 to 30 seconds go by and they think he's just kidding around and they sit there and another 30 seconds go by and they realize something is wrong. But they didn't even see any bubbles come up."

After frantically searching for him in the murky 20- to 30-foot-deep water, they called 911.

Divers recovered Silman's body the next day in the area where he went under. What prevented him from returning to the surface of the water is not known.

"There was nothing out of the ordinary. The OPP interviewed nine people and there was no alcohol involved or anything, everyone was sober. It's just unknown," said McDonough.

Police are now awaiting results from a post mortem done Monday.


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