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A Richmond man in his early 70s who was found early Saturday morning in the water near Shady Island in South Richmond near Steveston, was pronounced dead after he was rushed to hospital.
Local Mounties have deemed the death suspicious and are trying to piece together what happened to the man and his whereabouts in the hours before he was found shortly before 8 a.m. in the Fraser River near London Heritage Farm on Dyke Road, midway between No. 2 Road and Gilbert.
Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang said police responded to a call of a man in the water shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday.
The victim, who is not known to police, received first aid at the scene and was taken by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“The circumstances surrounding his death are deemed suspicious and the Richmond RCMP is investigating along with assistance from the B.C. Coroner’s Service,” Hwang said.
The RCMP’s Serious Crimes Unit is leading the investigation.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance for any information regarding this incident. If someone drove, cycled, or walked in the area and noticed anything around the morning of March 10, please contact our Serious Crimes Unit,” Hwang said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call RCMP Cpl. Will Howard at 604-278-1212, email a tip to Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or leave an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.