Lifeguard faces criminal charge after man drowns at northern Alberta pool

Lifeguard charged in death

Alberta RCMP have charged a lifeguard with criminal negligence causing death after a drowning at a public swimming pool.

They say officers were called to the drowning at the aquatic centre at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray on Dec. 12, 2020.

A 34-year-old man was taken to hospital and died six days later.

Mounties say there was a lengthy investigation and consultation with Crown prosecutors.

A 25-year-old man from Calgary, who was employed as a lifeguard at the pool at the time, was charged.

Ruslan Atantayev is to appear in Fort McMurray court on Nov. 22.

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