Man presumed dead after boating accident in Mission

Mission RCMP say a 37-year-old man is missing after a boating accident in Nicomen Slough just before 6:30 Friday evening.

Mounties say two men were in a small, flat-bottomed aluminum boat and were reportedly making donuts on the water when they were caught in their own wake.

That caused the men to be launched from the boat.

Police say one made it to shore, but the other did not.

Despite an extensive search in the area, the missing man had not yet been found on Saturday morning.

The RCMP now says the operation is a recovery mission and the missing man is unlikely to be alive.

Police added that neither man was wearing a life jacket.

“This is a tragic end to what should have been a fun evening on the water,” said Corporal Harrison Mohr of Mission RCMP. “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends, and with the passenger who was with him on the boat. As peak boating season arrives, remember to always wear a life jacket when you’re on the water, as it only takes a second for something to go terribly wrong. It’s like a seat belt in a car: it only works if you wear it.”

Mission RCMP continues to work with Mission Search and Rescue on this incident and will also deploy RCMP divers if necessary. Searchers are expected to be out most of Saturday.