MISSION, BRITISH COLUMBIA – RCMP in Mission, B.C., say search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a 37-year-old boater who had been missing since Friday evening.

MISSION, BRITISH COLUMBIA – RCMP in Mission, B.C., say search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a 37-year-old boater who had been missing since Friday evening.

RCMP say police responded Friday evening to Nicomen Slough, about 14 kilometers northeast of Mission, after receiving reports of a boating accident in which two men were thrown into the water.

They say the boaters were allegedly making donuts in a small aluminum boat, and both were thrown from the vessel after being struck in their own wake.

Police say the boat’s passenger was able to reach shore, but the driver could not be located after what police described as an extensive search of the area.

Police say the skipper, who was from Dewdney, B.C., was not wearing a life jacket at the time and alcohol may also have played a role in the incident.

Mission RCMP Cpl. Harrison Mohr said Saturday morning that police are offering their condolences to the skipper’s families and friends.

“This is a tragic end to what should have been a fun evening on the water. Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends, and with the passenger who was with him on the boat,” he said in a written statement.

Mohr warns people to wear a life jacket when heading out on the water during peak season.

“It’s like a seat belt in a car: It only works if you wear it,” Mohr said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 15, 2024.

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