A Filipino worker drowns after rescuing a companion who was unable to return to shore. The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced that consular officials in the province of Alberta are working with local officials to repatriate the remains of the OFW.
FILIPINO WORKER DROWNS IN CANADA
The filipino worker drowned after saving a companion who was in distress in the Snye River in Fort McMurray, Alberta last Friday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs stated that the Philippine Consulate General in Calgary are working with Canadian officials and the deceased Filipino worker’s family to bring his remains back home to the Philippines.
Officers from the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to reports of a drowning man at 8:00am on Friday, August 23.
UNIDENTIFIED FILIPINO WORKER DROWNS IN CANADA SAVING FRIEND
RCMP officers said that the unidentified Filipino worker had gone into the water to assist another companion who was having difficulty reaching the shoreline.
The Filipino worker was successful in saving his companion, but was unable to reach the shore.
RCMP officers, working with Fort McMurray Search and Rescue and Regional Emergency Services recovered the Filipino worker’s body later in the day.
WHERE IS SNYE RIVER?
Snye River is located in the Fort McMurray in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta.
Fort McMurray played an important role in the development of Canada’s petroleum industry.
In 2016, Fort McMurray was evacuated due to wildfire that caused extensive damage.
Fort McMurray has a population of 66,573.
Snye Point Park is a popular gathering spot for locals, and has volleyball courts and is connected to the Snye River where locals can go canoeing and kayaking.
HOW MANY FILIPINOS ARE IN ALBERTA?
There are over 170,000 Filipinos in Canada, with Tagalog being the second most spoken language in the province, after English.
HOW TO CONTACT PHILIPPINE CONSULATE IN ALBERTA?
There are two Consulate Generals in Alberta, one in Edmonton and the other in Calgary.
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL EDMONTON
4990 92nd Avenue #107, Edmonton, AB T6B 2V4
PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL CALGARY
517 10 Avenue Southwest 9th Floor, Suite 920 9th Floor, Suite 920, Calgary, AB T2R 0A8
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