BRITISH COLUMBIA

Swimming incident on B.C. lake claims life of teen rugby player from U.K.

07/13/2015 08:36 EDT | Updated 07/13/2016 05:59 EDT
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. - The B.C. Coroners Service has identified a 17-year-old rugby player from London, England, as the victim of a fatal swimming accident on Vancouver Island.

Coroner Matt Brown says in a news release that Abdu-Jamal Ottun was touring British Columbia with his squad and was swimming in Shawnigan Lake north of Victoria when his teammates noticed him missing late Sunday afternoon.

RCMP Sgt. Scott Stephen says about five minutes after attending the scene, a local firefighter located the missing teen's body in about three and a half metres of water.

He says the teen was brought to a dock but paramedics couldn't revive him.

Stephen says police have ruled out foul play in the death and the coroner is leading the investigation.

Brown says Ottun's family have been informed of his death, the cause of which will remain undetermined until an autopsy.