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.
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.
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.