The body of a missing Thompson Rivers University student from India has been recovered from the North Thompson River, Kamloops RCMP said Saturday.
Police first reported the 23-year-old man missing Friday, after they say three friends went swimming in the river near Chestnut Avenue around 6:30 a.m.
Rahul Asnani was reported missing in the water yesterday morning. According to a Kamloops RCMP release, the Thompson Rivers University student was out by the water taking pictures with friends when he stepped a bit too far and fell off a steep embankment.
At the time, police said the student was swept away and his friends were unable to reach him and bring him back to shore.
Kamloops Fire Rescue then deployed a boat to search the river, while Kamloops Search and Rescue crews and a police drone were also sent out to try and find the student, but there was no sign of him.
The B.C. Coroners Service has taken over the investigation, although drowning is believed to be the cause of death, police said.
No criminal activity is suspected. It’s now believed the student was taking pictures near the river when he fell off a steep embankment into the water.
“This appears to be nothing less than a truly tragic accident,” Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Mat Van Laer said in a statement.
The public should always be extremely careful around moving water,” he added. “The shore line can shift from year to year and the river floor can drop rapidly in some places.”
Police say they are in contact with the victim’s family in India. The student’s identity has not been disclosed.
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The body of a 23-year-old man who fell into Kamloops' North Thompson River early Friday morning has been found by police.
The Thompson Rivers University student was swept away in the river at about 6:30 a.m., and Kamloops Fire Rescue deployed their boat immediately to find the man, but they were unsuccessful on Friday.
Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team found the young man's body, near where he first fell in the river.
Police believe there was no criminal activity involved in the man's death, but the BC Coroners Service is investigating.
“This appears to be nothing less than a truly tragic accident,” said Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Mat Van Laer. “The public should always be extremely careful around moving water. The shore line can shift from year to year and the river floor can drop rapidly in some places.”
Police say the student, from India, was taking photos near the river when he stepped too far out and fell off a steep embankment. Police are currently in contact with his family in India.
“People with little to no swimming experience should never approach water without proper safety gear and supervision,” said Staff Sgt. Van Laer.