April 27, 2014 9:41 pm

Details of body recovery from Okanagan River

OKANAGAN FALLS, B.C. — The Southeast Major Crimes Unit continues to scour the scene Sunday where a body was pulled from the Okanagan River, near McIntyer Dam.

Police have called the death suspicious, but the cause of death hasn’t been released.

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No new details about the victim, a 24-year-old Alberta man, have been released but Global Okanagan has learned more about the recovery effort.

Penticton Search and Rescue was called in to assist the BC Coroners Service around 9 a.m. Friday.

Fourteen search-and-rescue members arrived on scene to assist. They had to deal with dangerous fast flowing water with extreme undercurrents during the rescue.

“Basically any kind of an area where the water is moving rapidly, we have a team specially trained to go into the water, we have special gear, they’re trained specifically to ensure that we do any kind of rescue or recovery from water that’s moving in a safe manner so none of the team is jeopardized,” said Penticton Search and Rescue PR Officer, Randy Brown, “so they had five members of our swift water team arrive and get dressed, and go down, and under the direction of the RCMP and the coroner, recover the body.”

According to RCMP more details will be released after an autopsy is performed, which is scheduled for sometime next week.

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