Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Possible Drowning At The Nanaimo River

Search to continue Thurs. morning

A search has been called for a female seen late this afternoon attempting to swim across the Nanaimo River.  The female has not been located and the search for her will continue in the morning. The incident occurred in the area where the Nanaimo River intersects with the Trans-Canada Highway, south of Nanaimo.

At approximately 4:30 pm on Wednesday March 30, Cranberry volunteer Fire and Rescue, while responding to a report of a smoke underneath the bridge, heard a female crying for help. A local fisherman told fire crews a young female was seen, fully clothed, attempting to swim across the channel. The witness lost sight of her and could not say what happened to her.

Based on the evidence provided, the Nanaimo RCMP assisted by Police Dog Services and later joined by Nanaimo Search and Rescue and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, searched the river banks with negative results. RCMP Air Services and a water craft provided by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre were also deployed with similar results.  At 7:45 pm the search was called off for the evening.

Only a minimal description was provided of the female, described as possibly wearing a navy blue or pink jacket and her hair may have been dyed.

"All missing person’s reports will be monitored throughout the evening. The Nanaimo RCMP and Search and Rescue will also reassess the situation in the morning to determine what the next steps are in this investigation" said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

If anyone has information that can assist in the investigation, please contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. 


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