A 22-year-old man who immigrated to Manitoba from Africa drowned while swimming at Birds Hill beach Saturday. Water rescue crews pulled the man from the water Saturday afternoon after he had been reported missing hours earlier.

STARS air ambulance was dispatched to the beach just after 3 p.m. CT. Beach safety officers searched for the victim with help from emergency crews from East St. Paul, who scanned the waters from three boats, RCMP said. Volunteers also patrolled the shallows.

The man was unresponsive when he was found in the water at about 4:45 p.m., RCMP said.

The former University of Manitoba student was taken to Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg where he was pronounced dead. RCMP are expected to provide more details Sunday.