Kamloops RCMP recover body of missing foreign student from India in North Thompson River

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      The body of a foreign-exchange student who went missing yesterday in a B.C. Interior river has been found, according to Kamloops RCMP.

      CBC News reported that RCMP located and recovered the body of a 23-year-old Thompson Rivers University student from India. His name has not been released. Police are in contact with his family in India.

      He had been with two other friends at the North Thompson River around 6:30 a.m. yesterday (May 3) near Chestnut Avenue in Kamloops when he was swept away.

      Although Kamloops RCMP initially reported that the three were swimming, RCMP have since explained that the student was near the river taking pictures when he fell off a steep embankment. His friends were unable to reach him to bring him back to shore.

      Kamloops Fire Rescue searched for him using a boat, Kamloops Search and Rescue was deployed, and Kamloops RCMP used a drone to search river banks downstream.

      The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team recovered the body around 10:50 a.m. today (May 4).

      The B.C. Coroners Service has taken over the investigation but drowning is believed to be the cause of death and criminal activity is not suspected.