Two men working at Mainland Sand & Gravel’s Cox Station barge dock Monday night saw what they thought was a body in the Fraser River, report the Abbotsford Police.
“We got the call at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 13. Two employees were working on a barge when they spotted a body pinned between another barge and a log,” said Const. Ian MacDonald.
The police and Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue members retrieved the body later that evening, with the B.C. Coroners Service on site.
The area is on the south shore of the Fraser River, below the Mainland Sand & Gravel quarry on the north side of Sumas Mountain, and east of the Matsqui Trail Regional Park in Abbotsford.
There is no evidence of foul play at this time, said MacDonald.
The body is that of a male and “it may have been in the water for some time,” he said.
The Coroners Service is still working at identifying the remains.
“It’s got to be tough for anyone with a loved one missing,” said MacDonald.
In recent weeks, three men who were fishing on the Fraser River went missing after they fell into the water.
On Aug. 11, a boat carrying three fishermen capsized near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge. Two of the men made it to the shore, but the 49-year-old Agassiz man is still missing.
Late in July, 66-year-old Herbert Wells was reported to have fallen into the Fraser River, in the area of the Saddle Rock Tunnel in the Fraser Canyon.
MacDonald said another fisherman from the area is also missing.
– Christina Toth/Times