Nanaimo RCMP investigate drowning at Westwood Lake – BODY RECOVERED

Nanaimo, BC – The body of an adult male has been recovered by the RCMP Dive Team at Westwood Lake. The discovery was made at approximately 12:30 pm on Wednesday March 1, 2017. The BC Coroners Service has been advised and is attending to the location.

Any further information on the identity of the body recovered will be released at the discretion of the Coroners Service.


An adult male has presumably drowned at Westwood Lake after a witness saw his canoe tip over and then saw him fall into the lake. Despite efforts from an off duty Nanaimo Mountie and Nanaimo Fire and Rescue crews the male could not be located. The incident occurred at approximately 4:20 pm on Monday February 27, 2017.

The Nanaimo Mountie had just arrived at the lake when he heard the yelling then saw the male in the water near his canoe. The officer swam out a short distance towards him but due to the frigid temperatures he was unable to reach the male before losing sight of him. City of Nanaimo Fire and Rescue were on scene within seven minutes and launched a rescue boat but were also not able to locate him.

Officers with the RCMP Dive team are expected to begin searching the lake in the morning of Tuesday February 28th and the investigation is continuing.

Police File # 2017-5997

Nanaimo RCMP


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