Firefighters were unable to locate a man swept away while swimming in the North Thompson River early Friday morning, police say.
Emergency crews were called to a section of riverbank on Chestnut Avenue in North Kamloops at about 6:30 a.m. where a group of men had been swimming.
“One of the men was swept away,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. “His friends attempted to reach him and pull him back to shore but were unsuccessful.”
Kamloops Fire Rescue firefighters responded in their boat but were unable to locate the 23-year-old. local search and rescue crews have been deployed and police are searching for the swimmer with a drone, Shelkie said.
The missing man is South Asian and was wearing a maroon and green striped sweater and jeans.
Shelkie would not comment on whether alcohol or other intoxicants may have been involved.
“We can’t speak to that,” she said.
The search for the man is ongoing.