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Body stuck under log jam

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

North Vancouver RCMP say the body of a kayaker missing on the Capilano River was found under a log jam.

The 48-year-old victim entered the river near the Capilano Fish Hatchery about 3 p.m. Monday and was observed minutes later downstream apparently in distress and separated from his kayak. 

Police and firefighters from several units, along with Coast Guard and North Shore Rescue volunteers recovered the kayak about two hours later at the mouth of the river.

The paddler was located near sunset by a SAR helicopter. But, fading light, extreme high water levels and a fast running river made recovery too risky.

The body was pulled from the water about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, once water levels had fallen significantly.

The BC Coroners Service is investigating.


UPDATE 8:39 a.m.

The body of a kayaker swept away in the rain-swollen Capilano River Monday has been recovered this morning.

The body was spotted along the riverbank Monday night but because of the darkness and the danger from the raging waters, a decision was made to retrieve it Tuesday, during daylight.

Rescuers raced to the swollen river after receiving reports of a kayaker in trouble but the victim could not be saved.


UPDATE: Tuesday 6:30 a.m.

Attempts to recover the body of a kayaker in the Capilano River will resume this morning.

North Vancouver RCMP say they received a call about a kayaker in distress on the swollen and fast-moving river on Monday afternoon.

A search was mounted involving multiple agencies, and a body was eventually located, but North Shore Rescue said the recovery was a complicated operation.

"Recovery operations of the deceased kayaker at Capilano River have stopped for the night," the RCMP said in a tweet, adding the recovery would resume in the morning.

Authorities have issued a warning to people to use "extreme caution" due to high water levels in metro Vancouver creeks and rivers.


UPDATE: 6:40 p.m.

Rescue crews have located the body of a kayaker on the Capilano River.

North Vancouver RCMP tweeted that recovery efforts are underway in swift water conditions.

The search began in heavy rain just after 3 p.m. on the river and in Burrard Inlet.


ORIGINAL: 4:50 p.m.

Rescue crews rushed to North Vancouver's Capilano River for a swift water rescue of a missing kayaker on Monday.

Police, firefighters and the Coast Guard were searching near Burrard Inlet as rain hammered Metro Vancouver. 

Environment Canada warned 60 to 90 milimetres of precipitation was expected to fall and that heavy downpours could cause flash floods. Residents were also advised to watch for washouts near rivers.

North Shore Rescue posted on Twitter Monday warning about the high levels in creeks and rivers.

There is no word yet if the kayaker was injured.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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