Man dies after being pulled from South Thompson River

A Kamloops man who was pulled from the South Thompson River in the Valleyview area on Saturday has died.

Emergency crews were called shortly after 11:30 a.m. to the 1800-block of Kelly Douglas Road behind the Kal Tire plant where a man had been seen in the water and not moving, according to an RCMP press release.

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The man, who was in his 40s, had reportedly been in the river for about 15 minutes.

Police say they received a call at 11:34 a.m., while BC Emergency Health Services said they were notified at 11:42 a.m. and dispatched two paramedic crews and a supervisor unit to the scene.

Police, paramedics and firefighters responded and found the unconscious man lying face up with his lower body in the water.

He was pulled from the water and transported to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, but then transferred to Kelowna General Hospital, where he died later that night.

Asked why the person was transferred, BC EHS spokesperson Sarah Morris said patients can be transferred to a higher level of care facility for a variety of reasons, but would not specify why in this case due to privacy concerns.

“Police do not suspect any criminality in the man’s death at this time,” Const. Crystal Evelyn said.

Evelyn would not specify as to why police do not suspect criminality at this time.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and is also investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.

To protect the privacy of the deceased, under the Coroners Act, identification is not being released, Evelyn said.

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