A 56-year-old Vancouver man has died tubing on the Cowichan River.
On Monday, Aug. 29 just after 6:30 p.m. the Lake Cowichan RCMP were called to help with an incident at Marie Canyon off of Riverbottom Road in Lake Cowichan.
The identity of the victim has not been released by police.
According to Sgt. Chris Manseau, acting senior media relations officer for the BC RCMP, witnesses reported the man had been tubing with friends and had planned to get out of the water before the Marie Canyon rapids but he was unable to do so.
“The friends of the deceased lost sight of him, but later located him approximately 500 metres down the river,” Manseau said. “When the man was found he was in immediate medical distress, and first aid measures were given immediately.”
Paramedics and members of the Lake Cowichan Fire Department also assisted with life saving measures but the man died at the scene, police said.
“The Cowichan River is a very popular spot for tubing and swimming, and the RCMP want to remind those partaking to use caution as sudden changes in the river can cause unforeseen hazards,” Manseau said. “Though important, swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life. Many drowning incidents involve other factors that swimming skills alone cannot prepare an individual for.”
The Lake Cowichan RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating.