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Body pulled from river

UPDATE 1:30 P.M.:  The body of a 67-year-old Princeton man was recovered from the Similkameen River on Wednesday after he had been reported missing the previous day.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Princeton RCMP received a report of a missing 67-year-old Princeton man from the public pool located at 221B Highway 3.

Princeton RCMP, with assistance from local Search and Rescue, Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services, commenced a search of the surrounding area but the man was not located. The search was called off due to darkness but was set to resume in the morning. The man's body was recovered the next day from the Similkameen River approximately 11 km East of Princeton after being spotted from the air by RCMP personnel.

The Princeton RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.

The missing man was identified as Tom Tomusiak.

Castanet News has learned searchers have recovered a body from the Similkameen River near Princeton.

According to sources, Search and Rescue teams including the Swiftwater Team was called out to the area Tuesday evening after Tom Tomusiak, 67, was reported missing.

Tomusiak was last seen at the Princeton Community Pool about 3 p.m. on Canada Day.

The search teams returned to the scene Wednesday morning before they were asked to stand down.

RCMP and the BC Coroners Service have yet to confirm the incident.

This is the second time in two weeks someone has drowned in the Similkameen in the Princeton area.

On June 17, 23-year-old Scott Fechner drowned while camping with friends near the river.

The current death is still under investigation by both the RCMP and BC Coroners Service.

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