File photo of the Thompson Rivers University campus. A student from TRU drowned after falling into the North Thompson River on Friday. PJBosco / Creative Commons
Student drowned in river – Kamloops News
Kamloops RCMP say the body of a 23-year-old Thompson Rivers University student has been recovered after the man was swept away in the North Thompson River on Friday morning.
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.
Staff Sgt. Mathias Van Laer said drowning is believed to be the cause of death; the B.C. Coroners Service is now handling the investigation.
“This appears to be nothing less than a truly tragic accident,” he said in a release to media on Saturday.
Van Laer said the student and his friends were taking photographs near the river when he stepped too far and fell from a steep embankment.
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.
“One of the men was swept away,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said earlier. “His friends attempted to reach him and pull him back to shore but were unsuccessful.”
On Friday, emergency crews were called to a section of riverbank on Chestnut Avenue in North Kamloops at about 6:30 a.m.
Police reported the man missing shortly after. Firefighters searched by boat and search and rescue crews were deployed, while police also tried to locate the man using a drone, said Shelkie.
"The foreign student was out by the river taking pictures with friends when it appears he stepped a bit too far and fell off a steep embankment," says the statement from police.
Van Laer cautioned that with summer months approaching, anyone with little or no swimming experience should never approach water without proper safety gear and supervision.
Search crews patrol the North Thompson River where a 23-year-old Thompson Rivers University exchange student from India went missing Friday, May 3, 2019. The 23-year-old's body was recovered from the river Saturday.
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.
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.
Darshan Lindsay with Thompson Rivers University said the man was a student was enrolled in the school of business and economics.
“It’s been a very difficult day, day-and-a-half for our staff and students who would have known this individual,” Lindsay said. “Our focus now is making sure everyone has the support we need.
“It’s not something you expect will ever happen, but when it does we rely on each other to pull through.”
Lindsay wouldn’t say how long the student had been enrolled at the university, citing privacy concerns.
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