T he B.C. Coroners Service has identified the body of a man who was found at the Mainland Sand & Gravel's Cox Station barge dock on Aug. 13.
The man is Herbert Wells, aged 66, from Hope, who died after falling into the Fraser River while fishing.
Wells was fishing from rocks on the banks of the Fraser River near the Saddle Rock Tunnel area along the river, about three kilometres north of Yale, on the afternoon of July 28 when he was seen to slip and fall into the river.
An extensive search was mounted immediately, which included members from the Hope and Fraser Valley search and rescue teams, the First Nations policing unit and the RCMP seasonal policing unit.
At about 8: 45 p.m. on Aug. 13, two employees of Mainland Sand & Gravel were working on a barge at the company's Fraser River dock at the base of Sumas Mountain when they spotted what they thought was a body in the water. The body was located in a twofoot wide channel of the river between a large boom and a barge.
Wells' family has been notified. This summer, three men have gone missing after falling into the Fraser River in the Lower Mainland area while they were fishing.