Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nanaimo River Incident update

Person may be in need of medical aid

The Nanaimo RCMP is now in a position to provide an update on the incident involving a female seen entering the Nanaimo River late yesterday afternoon. An extensive search involving multiple agencies proved negative. Recent information now indicates the female may not have drowned but could be in need of medical assistance.

Early this morning, the fisherman identified in the original news release contacted the Nanaimo RCMP to provide an account of his involvement. To this point, he had only provided limited information to attending fire crews. He told investigators he was fishing in the river when he saw and heard a female making distress sounds from underneath the bridge. From her actions it appeared she was experiencing some medical or personal issues. He then watched as she entered the water, fully clothed and swam across the channel. He saw her pull herself out of the water and from that point on, she was not seen again.

The updated description of the female is as follows: 
  • possibly First Nations female
  • 5 ft. 8 to 5 ft. 9, late 20's
  • dishevelled appearance
  • black tights, dark shorts with stripes
  • dark T-shirt, dark large unzipped coat and baseball cap
  • brown hair, may have been short or tucked inside her hat
The female was obviously soaking wet and may be in need of medical aid. If you have any information on the identity of this person, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or submit your TIP online to


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