Feature Story                                                                                                          Friday, April 3, 2015

 

River Claims Man's Life

RCMP Air One assists Chilliwack SAR stage massive search of Hope River

Staff/Voice photo

 

BCAS paramedics and Chilliwack SAR members did everything they could to resuscitate a man who drowned in the Hope River Thursday evening.

 

man in a Suzuki Swift pulled up to the Rotary Trail on Hope River Road just after 7 p.m. Thursday, got out and then walked into the river.

According to a witness who was out for a walk with his family near the footbridge, the man appeared high on drugs, or intoxicated.

He swam over to a small island and then slid under the frigid water. The witness called 9-1-1 to say he didn't resurface.

RCMP officers were first on the scene and set up with flashlights at different points along the river. Air One was minutes behind them, and for the next two hours, the chopper probed the waterway with a strong search light.

 

Chilliwack Search and Rescue (SAR) scrambled Code 3, launching two rafts and together with members on shore, methodically combed the bank and slow-moving river.

The man's body was located around 9 p.m. a few hundred yards downstream from where he was last seen.

 

Emergency crews did everything they could. BC Ambulance paramedics and SAR members took turns performing chest compressions and CPR on the trip to Chilliwack General hospital.

Watch here for more details later.

 

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