Search for man missing in the Peace River stood down

The search for an Alberta man who was swept away in the Peace River near Hudson's Hope last week has been stood down, police say.

Emergency search and rescue crews were called out to the river near the Peace Canyon bridge around 5:45 p.m. on May 29 after a report the man was swept away in the fast, rising water.

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A search of the river and shoreline, which included support from aerial crews and the canine unit, has been unsuccessful, RCMP said Monday. While a dive team was called in to help with the search, the viability of conducting an underwater search wasn't possible, police said.

BC Hydro was contacted and river flows were lowered to help crews in their search, police said. However, police could not speak to the operations at the Peace Canyon dam, just upstream from the Peace Canyon bridge, at the time of the incident. BC Hydro officials could not be immediately reached Monday morning.

The matter remains an open missing person file, police say, however, the man is presumed drowned. The identity of the man, 39, is not being released. Police say they have spoken to the man's family.

There will be no further updates, police say.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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