The body of an Alberta man has been recovered after he disappeared on a river in B.C.’s North Coast region over the weekend.
Police said the man was reported missing on Saturday on the Kitimat River at the 18 Mile Bridge launch site. They said he had been fishing with three of his friends when he decided to launch himself off in an inflatable boat. His boat reportedly capsized when it hit a logjam, which is when he disappeared.
Maja Morzynska said her husband and two other friends from the Edmonton area also launched themselves off on inflatable boats. She said all of them ended up in the water by the logjam but only the one man didn’t make it to shore.
Morzynska told Global News the missing man’s friend and members of the local community took part in search efforts.
The man’s body was found on the waterway on Wednesday, not far from where he entered the water, the RCMP said. Morzynska said it was her husband and a friend who first found the body.
The RCMP said its officers recovered the body along with members of Search and Rescue and Terrace Swift Water Rescue.
The BC Coroners Service said the victim is a St. Albert man. The RCMP said he was 39 years old.
Police said the BC Coroners Service now “has conduct of the investigation and there will be no further information released at this time.”