Chilliwack RCMP: Body of young man from India recovered from river

CHILLIWACK RCMP announced on Tuesday that the body of the missing person last seen swimming in the Vedder River near Teskey Rock on Monday has been recovered. 

The search initiated on the evening of May 11, when the Chilliwack RCMP received a report that a 22-year-old man was believed drowned while swimming with friends at Teskey Rock, has ended.  The body of the man was located and recovered by Chilliwack Search and Rescue late Tuesday morning.

“The missing young man is a South Asian national from India, and was swimming with companions in the Vedder River at the time of the incident,” said Cpl. Mike Rail. ”When he entered the river and became visibly distressed, his friends attempted to pull him out of the water without success.”

RCMP and BC Coroners Service continue to conduct their investigations of the incident.

“The Chilliwack RCMP reach out and offer our support to family and friends during this incredibly demanding time they are facing,” said Rail.

VOICE adds:

IN 2017, the BC Coroners Service emphasized the need for visitors from other countries, or even other regions, to understand the dangers that may lurk in or near B.C.’s lakes and rivers. These include sudden drop-offs into deep water, unexpected underwater obstacles and unstable or slippery rock edges above cliffs and waterfalls. Waters in B.C. are also frequently much colder than in other countries or provinces. If you are hosting someone from out of town, be sure to warn them of these potential hazards.

A further key point is to avoid mixing alcohol with swimming, boating or any water-based activity. Impairment greatly increases the chances of an accidental drowning.