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Canadian Olympian Dies in Swimming Accident off Saint Kitts and Nevis

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, 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.