Bella Coola RCMP continues search for missing persons after fishing guide boat capsizes

Bella Coola

2021-08-11 16:06 PDT

File # 2021-637

On August 10th just after 11:30a.m. the Bella Coola RCMP were notified after a partially capsized drift boat was sighted going down stream on the Bella Coola River near Walker island Park.

The boat was identified as a fishing guide boat from a local lodge. There were no persons found on or near the boat, and there was believed to have been 3 aboard.

Just after 7:30p.m. on August 10th Campbell River Search and Rescue, with the use of a helicopter, located the body of an individual approximately 2kms above Grant Rd, and 4kms downstream from Walker Island riverbank. RCMP Frontline members are working with the BC Coroners Service to identify the victim.

The Bella Coola RCMP continue to work with their Search and Rescue partners for the two people who remain missing states Sergeant Chris Manseau of the BC RCMP communications section. Both air and water searches are continuing in the area today in hopes of finding the two missing people

The BC Coroners Service is also conducting a concurrent fact-finding investigation into this unexpected death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, their name will not be released.

The Bella Coola request anyone who may have information on this incident, or saw the boat earlier on August 10th to contact the detachment at (250) 799-5363. 

Released by:
Sgt. Chris Manseau
BC RCMP Media Relation Officer  

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