Police suspect the man may have been trying to take a shortcut to the other side of the River
TMTVNEWS.COM, GRAND FORKS, B.C. – Cold-water recovery crews are searching the Kettle river in southeastern British Columbia after police and by-standers witnessed a man disappear under the ice.
Witnesses horrified as man slips under the ice. “we saw the man holding onto the ice but slipped under and there was nothing we could do” said a woman from Nelson who did not want to be identified.
RCMP responded to reports of a man falling into the River, just east of Grand Forks, on Wednesday afternoon around 2:45 PM.
Officers using binoculars spotted the man clinging to the edge of the ice but they were unable to reach him before he lost his grip and was swept under.
Police say they don’t know why the man was on the partially frozen river but suspect he may have been trying to take a shortcut to the other side of the River
Search-and-rescue crews from Nelson are helping with the recovery.
The Grand Forks RCMP are unable at this time to provide details of the man’s description and his identity is unknown at this time.
Motorists are advised that as of 4:15pm Hwy 3 just East of Grand Forks near the Riviera Motel remains closed for the emergency operation.
Emergency teams are expected to return to the Kettle River near Grand Forks, B.C., at first light this morning, hoping to find any trace of a man who fell through the ice yesterday afternoon.
Highway 3 is open to traffic after being closed during the attempted rescue operation Wednesday.