The family of a young B.C. man presumed dead after falling into the Fraser River this week is pleading with fishermen to be safe on the water.
Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Vang of Abbotsford has been missing since tumbling into the water while fishing with his friends in Chilliwack Monday afternoon.
The men were wading from the shore to a gravel bar when three of them fell into the river. Two managed to find their way to safety, and tossed out lifejackets to try to save their friend, but Vang was pulled under the water.
Vang’s family stayed by the riverside overnight as Mounties and search-and-rescue workers scoured the area for a body. A dive team was called out, but police say the current was too strong for an underwater search and they had to continue the hunt from the air.
The search was called off Tuesday afternoon.
The family told CTV News that Vang is a mechanic and has little experience as a fisherman. They said he is not a strong swimmer and was wearing hip waders when he was pulled under the water. His mother is asking for anyone else venturing out into the water to be careful and always wear personal flotation devices.
Locals say the Peg Leg area of the river where Vang went into the river is too dangerous for wading.
With files from CTV British Columbia’s Rob Brown