Man dies after bystanders bring him and injured woman ashore at N.S. beach

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KINGS HEAD, N.S. — A man who was struggling in waters off a northeastern Nova Scotia beach has died and a woman who attempted to rescue him has been hospitalized after bystanders brought them both to shore.

The RCMP say in a news release that the incident took place on Saturday afternoon at Melmerby beach, a provincial park about 60 kilometres west of Antigonish, N.S.

Officers who came to the scene were told a woman was injured while attempting to rescue the man from the water, and bystanders assisted in bringing them both to shore and administering first aid.

The 57-year-old Halifax man was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 64-year-old Halifax woman, who was described by police as suffering serious injuries, was also transported to hospital.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 11, 2022.

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