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Chase SAR search Seymour River for missing man

By Contributor
June 13th, 2012

The Chase RCMP and area Search and Rescue are currently conducting air and ground searches of the Seymour river and Seymour Falls area, looking for a man in his 20’s who was accidentally swept away while swimming in the Seymour River Monday afternoon.

On Monday afternoon at around 16:35 the Chase RCMP received a report that a man had been swept away by currents while swimming in the Seymour River, near Chase BC.

It was reported that on the morning of June 11, 2012, two men, both in their 20s, traveled to Seymour Arm to do a day hike to Seymour Falls. They were due back at Salmon Arm at 15:00.

At some point in the afternoon, one of the men jumped into the Seymour River to cool off and was swept down river. The man’s friend made his way to the nearest logging road and flagged down a grader operator, who in turn contacted a local resident.

The resident called 9-1-1 at about 16:35 hours.

The Chase RCMP activated area Search and Rescue teams with an air and ground search commenced Monday afternoon until dark.

Search efforts resumed Tuesday morning at 06:30, in what is described as very rugged and remote areas with little to no road access. Chase RCMP along with RCMP air services helicopter, RCMP dive team and the Salmon Arm Search and Rescue team are engaged in the search effort.

Searchers are looking for Andrew Wilson, 24 years old, of Salmon Arm, BC. Wilson was last seen wearing black swimming trunks and is described as a caucasian male, brown hair, 185cm tall, 82 kg.

Parents of missing man have been notified by Salmon Arm RCMP with RCMP Victim Services providing support.

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