Search suspended for missing Delta boater

Search suspended for missing Delta boater

NORTH DELTA – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a boater who fell overboard near the Alex Fraser Bridge on Saturday night.

What happened to the 37-year-old Surrey man, whose name has not been released, is unknown. Delta Police Sgt. Sarah Swallow said police located the pleasure craft near the bridge, with another man on board.

"The man told police that his friend had fallen overboard while trying to free the boat from Fraser River mooring pilings after they had run out of fuel and drifted into the pilings and barges," Swallow said.

The police and Coast Guard looked for the missing man until dark then resumed the search with a hovercraft and helicopter on Sunday morning.

"Alcohol does not appear to be a factor," Swallow said, "however the missing man was not wearing a life jacket and was unable to swim."