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04/22/2015 16:52 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 01:12 EDT

Search underway after man goes into water at Nova Scotia's Peggy's Cove

PEGGYS COVE, N.S. - The RCMP in Nova Scotia say a search is underway for a 25-year-old man who was swept into the Atlantic Ocean from the rocky edges of Peggy's Cove.Cpl. Greg Church says police were called around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday after someone eating at the Sou'Wester Restaurant and Gift Shop watched the man being swept into the water.Church says the man is visiting the province with a woman, although he declined to say where the man is from.He says the man and woman were walking along the water's edge when he got too close and a wave came over and swept him into the water.The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says a search and rescue helicopter, aircraft and two coast guard ships are helping with the search.Church says at the time of the incident, there was light fog and the ocean was choppy.Church says there have been similar incidents at the popular tourist destination over the years, but he hasn't encountered one since he joined the Halifax district Mounties seven years ago."The risk is always there. It's a risky area to sightsee in," said Church of Peggy's Cove, home to an iconic white and red lighthouse.There are signs posted at Peggy's Cove warning visitors of the risks of walking too close to the water's edge.