Updated: River search underway for drowning victim

Emergency personnel searching Columbia River after man got swept away at Centennial Park in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke RCMP search the Columbia River for a missing person on Wednesday afternoon.

Revelstoke emergency personnel are searching the Columbia River for a man who is reported to have drowned after being swept away from the boat launch in Centennial Park shortly after noon on Wednesday.

“A group of three swimmers were at the Centennial Park boat launch in the water and reported that only two came out after the swim,” stated Cpl. Thomas Blakney in a news release. “The RCMP is treating the matter as a drowning.”

Revelstoke RCMP, Fire Rescue Services and Search & Rescue searched the water and shoreline for most of the afternoon. Two boats were in the river and a helicopter was overhead, while other teams drove down the river along Airport Way.

The search is expected to resume on Thursday by helicopter and with ground crews walking the shoreline.

Two people were heard sobbing as they recounted the incident to police.

The victim’s name has not been released, though he is said to be an older man who lives in Revelstoke.

The City of Revelstoke closed off access to Centennial Park and the Greenbelt during the search, but it has since re-opened.