Body recovered from river near Lytton

Body of Abbotsford man recovered.

  • Aug. 30, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Abbotsford News

The body of an Abbotsford man who was swept away while swimming in the Thompson River last weekend has been found.

At around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the 41-year-old man’s body was discovered by local fisherman approximately 12 km south of Lytton.

The RCMP, with assistance from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, confirmed the man’s identity, which is not yet being released.

The incident occurred on Saturday, Aug. 20, at approximately 3 p.m., near the Goldpan Provincial Park, 27 km north-east of Lytton.

The man was not wearing a floatation device when he tried to swim out to a rock and was swept away by the current.

“The current was definitely a factor in the incident and the male was not a strong swimmer,” said Corp. Linteau. “And the river was flowing very, very fast.”

The man’s friends weren’t able to pull him from the water.

Lytton RCMP, members of a nearby search and rescue team and a police helicopter carried out a search on Saturday and Sunday to no avail. On Monday the search was called off, with a fly-over scheduled for later in the week.