North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say they have identified the man whose body was pulled from the Cowichan River in Duncan Friday.
Mounties and emergency medical crews responded after a report just after 1:30 p.m. Friday of a body that was spotted floating downstream of the Cowichan River, in the area of the 3000-block of Allenby Road.
Not long after that, a second caller reported seeing the body behind a business in the 400-block of Cowichan Way.
An RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and Cowichan Search And Rescue worked together to retrieve the body and return it to shore.
“Our investigators have since identified the victim as a 49-year-old Duncan man and his family has been notified,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the BC RCMP in an update Saturday. “Although a full determination has not yet been made, police do not believe that criminality was involved in the man’s unexpected death.”
The BC Coroners Service is continuing its investigation into the man’s death.
“The RCMP wishes to extend its appreciation to each of the callers who immediately contacted emergency services for aid and Cowichan SAR for its invaluable support,” Donaghey said in the update.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Victim Services say they are supporting the man’s family and other’s who have been impacted.
RCMP say if anyone has been affected by the situation and is in need of emotional support to call North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at (250) 748-5522.