UPDATE: Missing Surrey swimmer’s body found on river bank near Richmond

Swimmer went missing after trying to swim around SkyTrain bridge pillar

Swimmer goes missing near SkyTrain bridge in Whalley. Search called off

SURREY — The body of a 32-year-old Burnaby man who went missing while swimming in the Fraser River near the SkyTrain bridge in Whalley on June 4 was found on a river bank near Richmond on June 17.

Police said the man, whose name has not been released, was found by a passerby.

The Surrey RCMP said a group of men were on the beach, at 11931 Old Yale Road, at about 2:50 a.m. June 4, when some of them jumped in the river aiming to swim around the bridge pillar and back to shore.

The victim went under the water but didn’t resurface and the others couldn’t find him. The Surrey RCMP, Search and Rescue and the Coast Guard searched for him for several hours without success.

Police said they don’t suspect foul play. The BC Coroners Service is investigating.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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