Man swept into the Squamish River on Sunday

Extensive search fails to turn up man in his 20s who had been camping with friends

A young man was swept into the Squamish River early Sunday. 

Squamish RCMP and Squamish Search and Rescue were actively searching on Sunday after police received a call at about 1 a.m. from a woman reporting that her friend — a man in his mid-20s from Kenya — had fallen into the river.  The pair and some friends had been camping up the Ashlu Forest Service Road, just north of Squamish, when the man fell backward into the river, police said. 

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“Several witnesses nearby reported the male was swept into the fast running water and due to the darkness they lost sight of him,” reads a news release from Squamish RCMP. 

An air search, as well as a dog search, were conducted to try to locate the man. 

"The Squamish RCMP and Squamish Search and Rescue will be working together over the next days to locate the man, but the search has been difficult and dangerous due to the high water levels and extreme current from the spring melt," said Cpl. Sasha Banks in the release. "We are asking those in the area who see anything in the river or along the riverbanks to contact the RCMP immediately.” 

The man is thought to be wearing a white t-shirt, grey sweatpants, and a black Adidas hoody."

The man’s name was not released, and police say at this time they are working to locate his next of kin.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100 or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, text 274637, or go to www.solvecrime.ca.

 

 

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