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06/23/2014 11:57 EDT | Updated 08/23/2014 01:59 EDT

Search Underway For Missing Man Swept Away In Highwood River

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A search continues for a man who was swept away in the Highwood River just south of Calgary

CALGARY - A search continues for a man who was swept away in the Highwood River just south of Calgary.

Friends say 19-year-old Justin MacNeil was in the Nature’s Hideaway area, near where the Highwood River enters the Bow River, when he decided to go for a swim on Sunday.

He was immediately swept away by the current.

His friends called 9-1-1 around 7:15 p.m., and searchers including the Calgary police helicopter did extensive patrols of the river, but they have not been able to find him.

The Highwood River was recently under a flood advisory because of heavy rain.

RCMP warn it is still moving faster than normal, and is filled with debris.

(CFFR)