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Drowning incident at Drysdale Falls claims husband, father of three

Drysdale Falls is a dangerous but popular swimming area located in the Falls, near Tatamagouche.
Drysdale Falls is a dangerous but popular swimming area located in the Falls, near Tatamagouche. - Harry Sullivan
THE FALLS, N.S. —

An Eastern Shore man is dead following a drowning incident at Drysdale Falls, a popular but – as has been proven in the past – dangerous swimming area near Tatamagouche.
Sam London, a firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, drowned after slipping under the water in a pool at the top of the falls.
“At 4:37 p.m. on July 9, Colchester District RCMP responded to a call of a male who had drowned at Drysdale Falls in Tatamagouche,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said, in a news release. “The 38-year-old man from Three Fathom Harbour had been swimming with family members when he went under the surface and did not come back up. A family member tried to rescue him but was not able to help.”
Clarke said two members of the man's family were rescued by the Colchester Special Hazards Response Unit’s high rescue team.
“The team later recovered the body of the deceased man.”

Mike Gregory, area councillor for Colchester County, expressed sadness at news of the death.
But he also expressed concern for the family who owns the private property around Drysdale Falls.
Previous drownings and injuries have occurred at the Falls over the years and despite efforts by the property owners to close off a former access road, people who want to access the Falls do so by walking along the river.

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