Body of man swept away from Richmond Hill pond during storm possibly located

Body of man found after storm in Richmond Hill
WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the 30-year-old was hanging out in a Richmond Hill storm drain tunnel when he was suddenly swept into a pond by a surge of water.

York Regional Police say the marine unit has found a body believed to be the missing 30-year-old man who was swept away by rushing water in a Richmond Hill pond.

Officers were called to Major Mackenzie Drive East and Frank Endean Road just before 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday for reports of a possible drowning.

Police say they found a 26-year-old man from Toronto in the storm drain tunnel that connected to a nearby pond.

The man was rescued and told emergency crews that his friend was in the storm tunnel system when the rain flooded the tunnel and his friend was swept away into the nearby pond, police said.

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Investigators said officers with the York Regional Police marine unit, Richmond Hill firefighters and York Paramedics searched the area overnight but did not find the missing man.

The search resumed Wednesday morning and an in update early afternoon, police said they believe the body they found is the missing 30-year-old man from Richmond Hill.

A photo of police on scene in Richmond Hill.
A photo of police on scene in Richmond Hill. Bill Barker / Global News