Extensive search underway for man swept into the Squamish River

ON Sunday, at about 1 a.m., Squamish RCMP received a call from a female reporting that her friend had fallen into the Squamish River and she was unable to locate him.  She said that her and a group of friends were camping in a location up the Ashlu Forest Service Road just north of Squamish, when the male she was with fell backwards into the river.  Several witnesses nearby reported the male was swept into the fast running water and due to the darkness they lost sight of him.

Squamish RCMP immediately attended to the area and activated Squamish Search and Rescue. Additional assistance was obtained from Air 1 and the LMD Police Dog Services.  The male has yet to be located but efforts are continuing.

“The Squamish RCMP and Squamish Search and Rescue will be working together over the next days to locate the man, but the search has been difficult and dangerous due to the high water levels and extreme current from the spring melt” said Cpl. Sascha Banks. “We are asking those in the area who see anything in the river or along the riverbanks to contact the RCMP immediately.  The male, from Kenya, is in his mid 20’s and is thought to be wearing a white t-shirt, grey sweatpants, and a black Adidas Hoody.”

Squamish RCMP will not be releasing the name of the male at this time as they are working to locate his next of kin for notification.

Anyone with any information regarding the above files is asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, text 274637, or at www.solvecrime.ca