Police have recovered the body of a Port Hardy man who went missing and was presumed drowned after his small boat was found overturned in the middle of the Marble River Rapids last month.
Port Hardy and Port Alice RCMP recovered the body from the Marble River on May 11 in the general vicinity where the 45-year-old man went missing. They had been alerted that same day that it appeared a body could be seen aground on a high spot in a pool on the river near the Marble River Campground.
Police said the water level on the Marble River had receded significantly since the search efforts had to be called off in the middle of April due to heavy rains.
According to police, officers did not need aid from support units as the water was shallow and slow moving in the area. After they recovered the body, police confirmed it was the missing man.
The man was reported missing on April 9 after he failed to show up at work. The man had planned to go to a remote cabin on Alice Lake on April 6. His truck and boat trailer was found near the Marble River Campground and his small boat was found overturned downstream from the Marble River Bridge on Highway 30 to Port Alice.
The BC Coroners Service is now handling the matter. The man’s name has not been released.