Woman, 29, drowns near Savary Island barge terminal: RCMP

Woman, 29, drowns near Savary Island barge terminal: RCMP
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The RCMP logo is seen in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 16, 2023.

A 29-year-old woman is dead following a drowning off Savary Island, a small B.C. island that sees a population boom over the summer months.

Mounties responded to a report of a drowning near the barge terminal on Savary Island around 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Powell River RCMP. The victim was identified, and her family has been notified, reads a news release.

Police and the coroner are investigating.

“Police attended and conducted an investigation with BC Coroners Service. The investigation remains ongoing, however, the death does not appear to be suspicious and there is no concern for public safety,” said RCMP in the release Wednesday.

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Across the province, 101 people died by accidental drowning last year, with 18 deaths recorded in July, according to coroner service statistics. Last month, B.C. officials stressed swimmer safety ahead of World Drowning Prevention Day.

“…we need to tell the public that drowning doesn’t look like what you think it looks like from movies,” said Lifesaving Society BC and Yukon’s Kimiko Hirakida in a previous interview.

“You aren’t necessarily going to see someone flailing and calling and screaming for help.”

Anyone with information about the drowning on Savary Island is asked to call Powell River RCMP at 604-485-6255.

The island is located in the Strait of Georgia northwest of Powell River, about six kilometres offshore from Lund. It’s a popular swimming destination during summer and is accessible by water taxi, boat, or chartered float plane.

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