B.C. search is on for 23-year-old Kamloops male swept away by North Thompson River – Straight.com

B.C. search is on for 23-year-old Kamloops male swept away by North Thompson River - Straight.com
Swept away by river – BC News
At 6:30 a.m. today (May 3), three friends went swimming in the North Thompson River near Chestnut Avenue in Kamloops.

As they swam, a 23-year-old male of them was swept away by the current. Although his friends attempted to reach him to pull him back to shore, they were unsuccessful.

Kamloops Fire Rescue firefighters responded in their boat but were unable to locate the 23-year-old. local search and rescue crews have been deployed and police are searching for the swimmer with a drone, Shelkie said.

After being notified, Kamloops Fire Rescue went out on the river on a boat but were unable to locate the missing male.

One of the men was swept away, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. His friends attempted to reach him and pull him back to shore but were unsuccessful.

Kamloops Search and Rescue has been deployed while Kamloops RCMP is using a drone to search river banks downstream from the point where he went missing.

Emergency crews were called to a section of riverbank on Chestnut Avenue in North Kamloops at about 6:30 a.m. where a group of men had been swimming.

Kamloops RCMP described the man as a South Asian male who is wearing a red sweater and pants. His identity has not been disclosed.

Firefighters were unable to locate a man swept away while swimming in the North Thompson River early Friday morning, police say.

The North Thompson River, which originates at the Thompson Glacier, joins the South Thompson River at Kamloops to form the Thompson River.

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Premier John Horgan is already talking about B.C.'s New Democrats being re-elected to a second term, even though the next election isn't scheduled until the fall of 2021.

According to Mounties, the crash happened on Oct. 20, 2018, around 1:30 a.m. on Seymour Street West, leaving a 48-year-old man dead.

Horgan told more than 600 cheering people at a Canadian Union of Public Employees Union convention speech that election victory is in sight if unions and party supporters stick together.

However, police say the suspect is a senior who has since died, and as such, they’re closing the case.

The premier did not mention rising gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver or B.C.'s ongoing feud over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Horgan touted the NDP's record of balanced budgets, solid credit ratings and strong employment numbers as examples of the success of its agenda while offering supports to families, students and vulnerable people.

The RCMP says evidence suggests the 75-year-old owner of the vehicle was behind the wheel at the time.

He told the union members the Opposition Liberals are looking to exploit signs of division over contract negotiations and social issues to weaken the government.

Horgan's NDP reached a partnership with the three members of the Green caucus after the 2017 election to form a minority government.

Surrey RCMP say they have arrested the driver of a Porsche SUV involved in a fiery fatal collision on Thursday.

The driver of the Porsche, an adult male from Washington state, was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The second driver was pronounced deceased at the scene and investigators are currently working with the BC Coroner’s Service to positively identify the individual. 

Traffic is moving again in both directions at the Douglas border crossing south of Vancouver following a deadly crash on the highway beside Peace Arch park.

The Canada Border Services Agency says southbound traffic into the United States resumed within hours, while northbound traffic began moving through the Canadian crossing late Thursday night as operations returned to normal.

RCMP say a Porsche SUV collided with a Toyota van around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The impact pushed both vehicles into a landscaped area beside Highway 99, where the van burst into flames.

The driver and lone occupant of the Toyota died at the scene, while the Porsche driver was taken to hospital but is expected to recover.

The RCMP has taken over the investigation because the crash occurred on the Canadian side of the border, but few details have been released about the cause, or what may have sparked the intense fire.

The BC Wildfire Service and the Tk'emlups Forestry Development Corporation are planning a six-hectare prescribed burn near Goose Lake, near Lac Le Jeune Road south of Kamloops.

BC Wildfire Service staff will carefully prepare, control and monitor the fire at all times to meet predetermined land management objectives.

Be advised the smoke from this prescribed burn will be visible in Kamloops and other nearby communities.

The low-intensity surface fire will mimic a naturally occurring ground fire and remove pine grass, small branches and other combustible material to aid with future replanting and improve forage for wildlife.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

BC Liberal MLA Rich Coleman has apologized for comparing new NDP legislation on the Agricultural Land Reserve to the persecution of Jews during the Second World War.

Coleman's comments in the legislature Thursday were met with derision for "drawing the parallel" Bill 15 and the Holocaust, CTV News reports.

"I have been here for 23 years and have never seen a more bigoted piece of legislation come before this house," he said. "Particularly on a day like today, when we witnessed people whose rights were taken apart and away from them in the 1940s."

"Can't believe I just heard this in the legislature," Housing Minister Selina Robinson tweeted. "Rich Coleman compared legislation meant to protect farmland with the murder of Jews. I have no words."

Coleman later tweeted: "This afternoon, I spoke to a bill that I feel erodes the rights of farmers. Because of the emotion of today, I drew an analogy (that) was insensitive, I apologize to anyone who took offence.

"To be clear, I apologize without reservation (for) drawing the parallel I did earlier today. The Holocaust is a unique, historical, evil event that must be recognized in order to be remembered."

Police responded to the scene of the suspicious blaze Thursday, just after 10:30 p.m., at the rear of the Diamonds & Dust Nightclub.

The fire was contained to a door area and was quickly extinguished. There were no reports of injuries.

The club was the scene of a shots-fired call to police on April 25, which is still under investigation. It's not known if the two incidents are related.

Kamloops RCMP tell Castanet a 23-year-old man is missing after being swept away while taking an early morning swim.

RCMP are asking for the publics help to locate the man. The man was swept away, while his friends attempted to reach him and pull him back to shore just after 6:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Kamloops Fire Rescue deployed their boat immediately after notification but so far have not located the missing man.  Kamloops Search and Rescue has been deployed and Kamloops RCMP is using a drone to search river banks downstream from where he went missing.  

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is conducting what it describes as a large-scale forensic audit of a fish processing facility near Prince Rupert, B.C.

A release from the federal department says it's following up reports of illegal activity on the north coast that includes fish bartered or sold in exchange for the cost of processing or other services, such as financial loans.

Conservation and protection officers are urging the public to come forward with information about those activities.

The department says it expects the audit to expose potentially illegal acts, but says it also needs to hear from anyone in the public who may have sent fish to the processing plant.

Investigators are especially interested if portions of a customer's catch were not returned, or if another species was returned in place of the original fish.

The release says fines for illegal bartering or sales of fish under the Fisheries Act can be significant for a first offence.

Separate piles of rotting Dungeness crabs were found in two locations in northwestern British Columbia last month.

At the time, fisheries officials said they suspected the crabs were caught in the Prince Rupert area and were likely linked to ongoing illegal fish sales on the north coast.

Business owners moving into a new location in Burnaby say they found three boxes of ICBC papers containing personal information belonging to hundreds of B.C. drivers.

Olivia Gharakhanian told CTV News the discovery was made while moving into a temporary location at Metrotown mall on Thursday.

“Once we looked into it, there were ICBC papers, void cheques, bank account numbers, first names, last names, and addresses,” Gharakhanian told CTV.

“While we have yet to confirm the previous tenant of this location, we do know it was not an ICBC location,” the insurer said in an email. “We take the protection of privacy and information very seriously and will take appropriate action upon identifying the source of the breach.”

Two masked men stormed into the hotel of the Howard Johnson Hotel and Suites about 4 a.m., CTV News reports.

One of the men jumped the front desk and grabbed the clerk by the neck, covering his mouth before dragging him to a nearby office, where he was tied up and injured. 

Police say a large amount of cash was stolen, and a hotel guest eventually freed the clerk after hearing his calls for help.

"I would describe this as quite brazen and very violent," said Saanich Police Det.-Sgt. Damian Kowalewich. "It certainly appears that the two suspects had pre-planned this event."

The new 672 area code will join the current 604, 250, 778 and 236 area codes already in use in British Columbia.

"The new area code will be introduced gradually across the province starting on May 4," says Edward Antecol, general manager of the Canadian Numbering Administrator.

"Numbers with the new 672 area code will only be assigned to customers once there is no longer a sufficient supply of numbers with the existing area codes," says Antecol.

To ensure a seamless transition, businesses are encouraged to consider whether equipment will need to be reprogrammed to recognize outgoing 672 calls as local. Residential customers won't need to make any changes.

Surrey RCMP confirm one person died in a fiery crash on Highway 99 near the Peace Arch border crossing.

The driver of the Porsche was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at scene. 

Northbound traffic remains closed as the investigation continues. Southbound traffic on Highway 99 has re-opened, however. 

Traffic on Highway 99, near the Peace Arch border crossing is being impacted by a fiery crash on the U.S. side of the border.

DriveBC says, "expect delays if you're travelling to the United States today. An incident is on the American side of the Peace Arch border but is causing delays on both sides."

Thick smoke could be seen billowing from the crash site. One person has been taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.

Almost 44,000 more specialized diagnostic exams have been completed across British Columbia in the first year of a new health care strategy, and Health Minister Adrian Dix says that amounts to an "extraordinary achievement."

The B.C. Surgical and Diagnostic Imaging Strategy includes a provision to operate magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, machines around the clock, with more than 233,000 exams done in the first year of the initiative – an increase of 44,000.

When compared with the year before, Dix says their strategy "dramatically exceeded" the initial target of 37,000 additional scans.

MRI scans are vital to the diagnosis of soft tissue damage such as brain tumours, strokes or dementia and past wait times have extended a year or more.

While the minister didn't have figures on how this has reduced the delays, preliminary data from Northern Health shows certain wait times dropped to 29 days from 57.

Dix says two private MRI outpatient clinics were purchased by Fraser Health as part of the strategy and the model could be applied to efforts to cut other health care wait times.

At the start of this year, 10 of B.C.'s 33 MRI machines were running around the clock, compared to one in August 2017, while 17 were running more than 19 hours a day, scanning patients at all hours of the day and night.

"I am obviously delighted with that. It is what people expect of us, to deliver care and to use the things that we have already paid for to their maximum in order to provide service for people," Dix told a news conference in Victoria.

In 2017, residents in the Northern Health region received roughly 24 MRI scans per thousand, compared with an average of 60 in Ontario, but over the last year the number of scans had jumped by 86 per cent, Dix says.

"Everyone, from Fraser Health to Vancouver Coastal Health, but especially in the north, has received better service as a result of these changes."

Residents of Terrace, Fort St. John, Fort St. James and Vanderhoof can now expect the same service they would receive in Victoria or the west side of Vancouver, Dix says.

The year's target has been set at just over 248,000 MRI scans, an increase of more than 23,000 over last year, a goal the minister says will allow for the continued reduction of wait times across the health-care system.