Body recovered near Grand Forks, B.C. after man falls through ice

TMTVNEWS.COM –  The search for the man who was seen falling through the ice on the Kettle River on Wednesday December 30, 2015 has been completed, with RCMP divers and Search and Rescue locating and recovering the man’s body by midday.

Nelson, Search & Rescue Photo: Grand Forks Fire, Grand Forks SAR and RCMP were first on scene and called for the assistance of Nelson SAR who flew one special resource member to the scene and a swiftwater team followed to aid in the rescue.
Nelson, Search & Rescue Photo: Grand Forks Fire, Grand Forks SAR and RCMP were first on scene and called for the assistance of Nelson SAR who flew one special resource member to the scene and a swiftwater team followed to aid in the rescue.

RCMP divers and Search and Rescue personnel located and recovered the body of a man who had fallen through the ice on the Kettle River on Wednesday, near Grand Forks.

Search efforts saw SAR personnel clearing ice away in the vicinity where the man was last seen. SAR volunteers spotted the man’s body submerged in the river at which time an RCMP diver was able to safely enter the water and recovered the male from a depth of 5.6 meters.

Nelson, Search & Rescue Photo: Special resources from Nelson, Oliver / Osoyoos and Penticton SAR were brought in to aid in the search as well as the RCMP dive recovery team. Around 10:30 am the subject was located in the river by SAR ice rescue teams and the RCMP dive team was able to recover the subject.
Nelson, Search & Rescue Photo: Special resources from Nelson, Oliver / Osoyoos and Penticton SAR were brought in to aid in the search as well as the RCMP dive recovery team. Around 10:30 am the subject was located in the river by SAR ice rescue teams and the RCMP dive team was able to recover the subject.

Police were called to the Kettle River near Highway 3 around 2:45 p.m. PT Wednesday. They spotted a man hanging onto the ice edge, but before they could reach him he lost his grip and went under the ice.

RCMP say they don’t know why he was on the partially frozen river but suspect he may have been trying to take a short cut to the other side.

The investigation into the man’s death has now been handed over to BC Coroners Service. Next of Kin notifications have not yet been completed.

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