Update: Four people located, one dead, one missing after North Vancouver dam released water into Capilano River

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      Update: North Vancouver RCMP stated that the search for victims continued today.

      Investigators believe one adult male remains missing and are searching for him. 

      By around noon, North Shore Rescue completed their search up to the mouth of the river, located at Burrard Inlet, but did not find any additional victims.

      North Vancouver RCMP's marine vessel, an RCMP West Coast Marine Services vessel, and a Vancouver Police Department marine unit have been searching the waters beyond the mouth of Capilano River.

      The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team has also joined the search.

      Original article:

      An afternoon of fishing turned deadly when a dam on the North Shore unexpectedly released water yesterday.

      North Vancouver RCMP stated that officers responded to calls for help at Capilano River at 1:45 p.m. on October 1.

      Several people had witnessed a large volume of water suddenly surging down the river, which swept away a number of anglers downstream. At least five anglers had been fishing along the shoreline when the water hit them.

      Additional emergency personnel also responded, including the I-TEAMS Emergency Response Team, the B.C. Ambulance Service, North Vancouver District Fire Rescue Service, North Shore Search and Rescue, and RCMP Air Services’ Air 1.

      Four of the anglers were either rescued or were able to reach the shore.

      However, a fifth person was pulled from the water in medical distress. Tragically, this individual died from his injuries. RCMP are not releasing the name of this person.

      Rescue personnel continued on with a search to determine if there were any other victims but none have been reported.

      The B.C. Coroners Service is conducting an investigation, with the assistance from RCMP.

      Metro Vancouver stated that the Cleveland Dam spillway gate—which controls water flow—released a large amount of water into the Capilano River during inspections and maintenance work.

      The problem has since been resolved and river levels have since returned to normal, and Metro Vancouver is now conducting an investigation into the incident.

      This event follows an unrelated fatal incident on the North Shore when North Vancouver RCMP responded to reports of gunfire at 10:45 a.m. on September 30 in the back lane of the 200 block of East 17th Street.

      Officers who arrived at the scene found two adult victims with gunshot wounds. While one victim was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the other died from his injuries.

      Investigators do not believe it was a random act.

      The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, which has taken over the investigation, identified the deceased victim as 43-year-old Alireza Serri.

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