Kayaker Dies In Capilano River

North Vancouver

2018-01-31 11:43 PST

File # 2018-2317

Kayaker in river image

A male kayaker entered the Capilano River near the Capilano Fish Hatchery at approximately 3:00 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018. The 48 year-old North Vancouver resident was observed minutes later downstream apparently in distress and separated from his kayak. Emergency services were notified, responding to the area in the hopes of being able to locate and rescue the lone kayaker.

There was a significant concerted search effort by North Vancouver RCMP, West Vancouver Police, West Vancouver Fire, North Vancouver District Fire (River Rescue), VPD Marine, Coast Guard and North Shore Rescue (SAR). About two hours later the victim’s yellow kayak was recovered at the mouth of the Capilano River.

The kayaker was located near sunset in the river under a log jam by a SAR helicopter. Diminishing light, extreme high water levels and a fast running river made recovery too risky and unsafe.

At 7:30 am on Tuesday, January 30 the kayaker’s body was removed safely from the river (water levels had fallen significantly overnight). BC Coroners Service attended the location of recovery and will continue with any investigation.

This incident ended tragically, taking the life of an outdoor enthusiast, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP. Emergency personnel remind everyone at this time of year to be extremely cautious near and on all raging waters.

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Cpl. Richard De Jong

Media Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-990-7450

Email: richard.dejong@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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