Search for fisherman swept down Fraser continues

A search of the Fraser River continued Tuesday morning after a fisherman was swept away Monday evening, just days after a similar incident nearly cost a man his life at the same spot.

A search of the Fraser River continued Tuesday morning after a fisherman was swept away Monday evening, just days after a similar incident nearly cost a man his life at the same spot.

Chilliwack RCMP say three men were fishing in the Peg Leg area on the Fraser River when one man lost his balance and fell into the water.

As the two men attempted to rescue the man, they too fell into the water.

Two of the men made it to shore while the other was unable to retrieve a life jacket that was thrown to him.

“This is the second time in two weeks that this area has been responsible for lost fishermen,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. “It’s very tragic and upsetting for everyone involved in the search.”

The RCMP dive team was called out but were unable to search due to the strong current in the water.  The RCMP, air services, and search and rescue continue their search. Search and rescue has a boat in the Mission area in the event the man surfaces.

“The river conditions are unfortunately not conducive to a water search which is why Air Services is being utilized,” said Wolbeck.

No names have been released.

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