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One dead, another in life-threatening condition after Peggys Cove rescue (update)

A 23-year-old Dartmouth man has died
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A boat sets traps off the shore of Peggy's Cove, N.S. in a snow squall on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Boats and aircraft are searching the waters around Peggy's Cove, southwest of Halifax, as a rescue mission is underway. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

One man is dead and another is believed to be in life-threatening condition after going into the water at Peggys Cove on Monday night. 

RCMP Cst. Guillaume Tremblay says the pair were swept out to sea by a wave at around 8:30 p.m. 

A search was quickly launched with crews from EHS, fire officials, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre.

Just before 9 p.m. fire officials rescued a 26-year-old Ontario man near the shore. He was rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

A Cormorant helicopter, Hercules aircraft, several Canadian Coast Guard vessels, fire boats and fishing boats continued scouring the ocean for the second man.

He was spotted at around 9:40 p.m. and pulled onto the Coast Guard Cutter Hare Bay, then airlifted to CFB Shearwater.

Search and Rescue technicians administered first aid throughout the journey, but the 23-year-old Dartmouth man was pronounced dead when they arrived.

"The RCMP would like to thank Halifax Fire, the Canadian Coast Guard, the JRCC, EHS, and local fishermen who assisted with the search," Mounties said in a news release.

"Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time."

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