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Man in critical condition after shallow dive at Riverside Park

June 03, 2013 - 12:41 PM

KAMLOOPS — A 20-year-old man was rushed to Royal Inland Hospital after a dive into shallow water at Riverside Park early Sunday morning.

Police received a call around 2:45 a.m. after the man was found floating face down in the Thompson River. Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said the man was part of a group partying on the beach, but there is no confirmation as to whether alcohol was involved.

"He dove into shallow water," Bush said. "He was in critical condition at the time."

No foul play is suspected and Bush said there is no indication that the man may have jumped from the pier overlooking the river.

Bush said diving into the river at night is risky because of limited visibility.

"Our parks are closed at those hours of the night," she said.

She said there are increased risks as the weather warms up.

"We are experiencing high water right now," she said.

Police are reminding Kamloops residents to exercise due diligence around the river.

To contact a reporter for this story, email: jwallace@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 319-7494.

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