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B.C's police watchdog says Vancouver Island drowning not caused by officers

December 02, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Police weren’t responsible for a strange drowning in Port Alberni, the province's police watchdog has decided.

According to the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., two officers entered cold water to attempt to save a man without regard for their own safety after the man ignored the police and moved further out from shore.

“There is no evidence to indicate the actions of police were responsible for this tragic death. More accurately, their efforts were an attempt to save his life,” the Independent Investigations Office said in a media release.

Police received a call on Nov. 28 at about 3 a.m. of a naked man in public. The man then fled on foot and entered the tributary of Port Alberni inlet.

“The investigation demonstrated the police responded to a male who had suffered injuries, with the intent to obtain medical assistance for him. He responded by running from police and entering the water."


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