MAGOG — Strong waves on a beach nine kilometers north of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, took the life of a 24-year-old officer with the Memphremagog SQ last week.
According to local media in Nicaragua, the body of Benoit Cayouette, was rescued 30 hours after he went missing while swimming in the ocean.
Captain Elio Martinez, a spokesman for local authorities in Nicaragua, told reporters that Cayouette, his girlfriend, and one other tourist arrived at the beach last Monday.
Martinez said that the three swimmers were beaten down by the waves and that the two women managed to swim out and take refuge on some rocks.
By 2 p.m. on Monday, Cayouette was still missing and a search party was organized.
His body was located just north of the beach.
A medical examiner in Nicaragua determined the cause of death as asphyxia by drowning.
The beach were the drowning occurred is known for large waves, and is said to be a favorite among surfers.
Cayouette was assigned to a patrol group covering the MRC Memphremagog. He also worked for two years in Sherbrooke.