The BC Coroner Service is investigating the drowning death of a 49-year old man in Cowichan Lake on Sunday.
Lake Cowichan RCMP received a report of a male in distress in the water about 300-400 metres off shore near Youbou Road just before 6 p.m.
Witnesses reported seeing a male in the water yelling for help and others had seen a lone male in a small red boat in the area not long before the call
One of the witnesses got into a row boat and rowed out to the area where the lone male was seen but was unable to locate him.
Strong winds contributed to rough water conditions on the lake and it was feared that the male, who was reportedly not wearing a life jacket, had slipped under the water.
The Lake Cowichan Detachment Police Boat was dispatched and police continued to search the area to no avail.
The initial search on August 28th was halted due to darkness.
A Missing Person/Overdue Boater report was received later Sunday evening.
It was reported that a 49-year old man had gone out in a small boat on Cowichan Lake around 5:00 p.m.
The missing male had not returned by the time it got dark and was reported overdue by concerned family members.
Police continued their search on the Monday morning.
The RCMP Helicopter from Comox, the Island District RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and the Cowichan Valley Ground Search and Rescue Team were called in to assist.
At approximately 5 p.m. Monday, members of the Cowichan Valley Ground Search and Rescue Team conducting a shoreline search in the area located a body in Cowichan Lake around the 8 km mark past the community of Youbou.
It was confirmed to be that of the missing male.
The name of the deceased is not being released at this time and the BC Coroner Service is investigating the incident.