View of the Fraser River at Soda Creek.

View of the Fraser River at Soda Creek.

Fisherman falls into Fraser River at Soda Creek

The search is on for a fisherman who fell into the Fraser River early Sunday morning at Soda Creek north of Williams Lake.

UPDATE

The search for a man who fell into the Fraser River while fishing at Soda Creek was suspended Sunday evening.

Staff Sgt. Del Byron of the Williams Lake RCMP said they will resume searching if there are any new developments.

On Monday the family of Shane Colebank, 35,  named him as the victim and said he is a husband and father of three young children.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account that will be distributed equally into registered education savings plan accounts for the children.

Byron said the man did have a safety rope tied to himself when he fell in, however, the rope broke on the sharp rocks while he was being pulled back to shore.

Police were called at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, July 31, when it was reported that approximately 20 minutes earlier that Colebank had fallen into the river while dip-netting at the Xat’sull Heritage Village  Site.

Byron said members of the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue team set up spotters at Sheep Creek Bridge in the night and began ground and air searches at daylight.

Byron said the man was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) at the time.

It is the second time in a week someone has fallen into the Fraser River at Soda Creek.

Jordan Siegmueller, 24, is missing and presumed drowned, after having fallen into the Fraser River at the Rudy Johnson bridge early Wednesday morning, July 27.

ORIGINAL STORY

The search is on for a fisherman who fell into the Fraser River early Sunday morning at Soda Creek north of Williams Lake.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Del Byron said police were called at 1:45 a.m. July 31 when it was reported that approximately 20 minutes earlier a man had fallen into the river while fishing.

Byron said members of the Central Cariboo Search and Rescue team set up spotters at Sheep Creek Bridge in the night and began ground and air searches at daylight.

The victim was dipnetting at the Xat’sull Heritage Village site when he fell in.

Byron said the man was not wearing a PDF at the time.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

It is the second time in a week someone has fallen into the Fraser River at Soda Creek.

Jordan Siegmueller, 24, is missing and presumed drowned, after having fallen into the Fraser River at the Rudy Johnson bridge early Wednesday morning, July 27.

 

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