April 28, 2014 9:42 pm

Uncle of drowning victim: ‘The family is beside themselves with grief’

Jordan Patrick Beaudoin

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The family of a man who died in a boating accident near Texada Island this weekend is trying to come to terms with their loss.

The body of 38-year-old Jordan Patrick Beaudoin of Sechelt was found yesterday off the shore of the island.

Beaudoin’s partner Shannon swam for hours after their 16-foot boat capsized in rough waters on Saturday afternoon and managed to call for help, but it was too late for her husband.

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Today, victim’s uncle Leonard Beaudoin told Global News the family is devastated.

“Everybody loved Jordan. He was happy in his life and was doing well for himself. The family is beside themselves with grief because there is nobody who did not love Jordan.”

Beaudoin says Jordan was an avid fisherman.

“I would think that he would have been taking proper precautions out there, but nobody knows what happened. I guess Shannon is the only one who can tell us what went wrong and why they were out there.”

He says it is a miracle she was able to pull through.

“The will to survive for her daughter must have been just paramount in her mind,” says Beaudoin. “I am a good swimmer and have worked on the ocean, and I don’t know if I could have made it. For her to be able to last that long in the water … is just incredible.”

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

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