Canadian Olympian sprinter Daundre Barnaby died after he was swept out to sea Friday in a swimming accident during the national team's training camp in Saint Kitts and Nevis.
The incident occurred about 11 a.m. Friday, local time, and authorities found Barnaby about four-and-a-half hours later, Athletics Canada said.
Barnaby was 24.
"This is such a sad and profound loss, Daundre was an outstanding athlete and an even better young man," Athletics Canada CEO Rob Guy said in a written statement. "On behalf of Athletics Canada, I offer my sincere sympathies and condolences to Daundre's family and teammates. Athletics Canada will do whatever is necessary to support the athletics family through this tragedy."
Barnaby was caught in a strong back current at the time of the accident, Athletics Canada said.
The temperatures was in the mid-80s with seasonable humidity levels, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.
"The weather was pretty standard for the time of year, strong trade wind flow, winds out of the east-northeast at around 15 mph," Duffey said.
The Jamaican-born Barnaby became a Canadian citizen in 2012 and represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games. A 400-meter runner, he last competed internationally in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Barnaby was a college runner for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs.
Please keep the family of Daundre Barnaby in your thoughts and prayers. Sad day for MSU Track & Field. He was an Olympian and All-American.— MSU Track & Field (@HailStateTF) March 27, 2015