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B.C.'s police watchdog investigating strange drowning on Vancouver Island

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November 29, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The details of an unusual drowning involving RCMP on Vancouver Island have been sent to B.C.'s watchdog to review.

The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia was informed of a Port Alberni drowning that happened at around 3 a.m. Nov. 28.

"Port Alberni RCMP received a call from a local business that an unclothed male, covered in blood, had just left their store and was now at a nearby carwash, cleaning himself off," a press release reads.

"Officers located the man, but he began running and refused to stop before entering a nearby river."

Officers are said to have entered the river in an attempt to reach the man but were unsuccessful.

The Independent Investigations Office is investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the man’s death. As the matter is now under investigation by the office, no further information will be released by police.

All aspects and circumstances of this incident will be the subject of independent investigation and verification by the Independent Investigations Office.

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