BROOKS, Alta. - Alberta Mounties have recovered the bodies of two
males who drowned while canoeing on a lake in southern Alberta.
Brooks RCMP say John Giesbrecht, 28, and his brother, Peter Giesbrecht,
15, were thrown into the frigid waters of Lake Newell when the canoe
they were in overturned Tuesday.
A 14-year-old boy who was also in the canoe was rescued by a man who heard cries for help.
Officers brought the teen back to the lake Wednesday to help them determine exactly where the canoe tipped over.
On Thursday, a side scanner sonar was brought onto the lake by
Alberta Parks and Recreation Officers and a dive team recovered the
None of the people in the overturned canoe was wearing a life-jacket.
The drownings have left the local Mennonite community in mourning.
The brothers worked for their father and the teen who survived attends a school that has just 15 students.