August 5, 2014 12:12 am
Updated: August 5, 2014 12:31 am

Coast Guard recover body from Alouette River

Crews search for the body of a drowned man in Alouette River on August 4, 2014.

Shane MacKichan

A father who was out with his family on the Alouette River drowned this afternoon.

Coast Guard recovered his body earlier this evening, following an extensive search by police, fire, and Search and Rescue crews.

It happened around 5:45 near Harris Road in Pitt Meadows, next to a popular bank.

The victim, a father in his 40s, was swimming with family members when he suddenly sank.

Fire crews, who were already in the area attending to a small brush fire, along with Ridge Meadows RCMP attempted to rescue the man, but could not find him.

Coast Guard and Search and Rescue teams were called in, and RCMP Insp. Brian Massie says divers were able to recovery the body just after 8 p.m.

“It’s a very tragic situation,” said Massie. “The coroner’s office is now engaged in the investigation, and will be determining how this happened.”

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