Body may be man, 29, who disappeared in lake

Ali Shaikh, 29, disappeared while out with his family at Sikome Lake on Monday. (Photo courtesy of...

Ali Shaikh, 29, disappeared while out with his family at Sikome Lake on Monday. (Photo courtesy of family)

Dave Dormer, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

CALGARY -- Officials scouring Sikome Lake in Alberta have found the body of a man believed to be Ali Shaikh, who disappeared beneath the waters there Monday.

Shaikh, 29, was on a raft with five family members in the small, man-made lake in Fish Creek Provincial Park and was jumping into the shallow water.

He couldn't swim.

When he jumped in for a third time, family members said Shaikh panicked after hitting slightly deeper water, pushing the raft away from him and calling for help.

In the ensuing chaos, Shaikh slipped under the surface and wasn't seen again.​

Members of the Calgary Fire Department Aquatic Rescue Team searched the lake for two days without success, saying efforts were hampered by low visibility due to turbidity.

None on the raft, including Shaikh, were wearing a lifejacket.

Alberta Parks spokeswoman Jill Sawyer said because Sikome is man-made, life jackets aren’t required.

“We can’t enforce use of lifejackets,” she said.


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