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Body of kayaker recovered from Capilano River

Last Updated Jan 30, 2018 at 9:17 am PDT


Deceased kayaker was spotted late yesterday, caught in the rushing waters of the Lower Capilano River

NORTH SHORE (NEWS 1130) – The body of a kayaker who died on the North Shore yesterday has been recovered.

The kayaker was last seen alive upriver, near the Capilano Suspension Bridge, at around 3 p.m. After an intensive search, his body was spotted on the lower Capilano.

Crews had to suspend their recovery efforts overnight, due to dark and dangerous conditions.

“When we left the subject last night, he was wrapped around about a four-inch stump underwater — about a foot and a half underwater. In white water. Very dangerous, very turbulent,” says North Shore Rescue search manager Peter Haigh.

“Last night, in that whitewater — standing right next to him — [crews] couldn’t see him. It was the helicopter that spotted him, looking straight down,” he adds.

The body was recovered shortly after efforts resumed at first light today.

“The water has now dropped 70 per cent overnight — a huge drop. The subject was still in the same location, wrapped around this tree. Five of our guys went in and were able to remove him,” says Haigh.

The kayaker was a 49-year-old man.

North Vancouver RCMP Sergeant Doug Trousdell says the area is very dangerous for anyone who ventures too close to the banks.

“The conditions are really treacherous on the river. North Shore Search and Rescue has been putting out warnings. It is incredibly dangerous. We don’t recommend that anybody go into the river for any kind of recreational activity at all.”

Hikers are also warned to stay away from the rain-swollen creeks and rivers of the North Shore.