Kamloops man drowns in South Thompson River

By Vanessa Ybarra
July 2, 2017 - 8:35am Updated: July 2, 2017 - 3:10pm

KAMLOOPS —  A Kamloops man has drowned in the South Thompson River.

Sergeant Darren Michels confirmed a 25-year-old man was found dead in the river at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The discovery was made by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

RCMP say the man was attempting to get out of the water at a private dock when he fell into the river and went under Saturday afternoon.

Friends who witnessed the incident, as well Kamloops Fire Rescue and the RCMP Boat Patrol searched the river extensively last night in search of the man.

Michels says his body was found further down from the dock.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident and the BC Coroners Services is investigating.

The man's family has been notified of the tragedy.

Police are reminding the public that currents in the Thompson River are unusually strong for this time of year due to high water levels.

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