Body found in the Fraser River in Abbotsford

The man's identity has not yet been established but foul play is not suspected

A body found Monday in Abbotsford in the Fraser River has not yet been identified, but the coroner’s service has ruled out foul play, according to police.

Const. Ian MacDonald said the man’s body was found Monday by workers on gravel barges for Mainland Sand and Gravel, located at 6850 Cox Rd. along the shoreline of the river east of Matsqui Trail Regional Park.

The body was wedged between a barge and a log, MacDonald said. Police arrived on the scene at about 9:10 p.m.

The coroner’s service was called to the scene, but did not find anything suspicious, MacDonald said. As of Wednesday afternoon, the man’s identity had not been established, but could possibly be one of the people who have been reported missing in recent boating accidents.

On July 28, a 67-year-old Hope fisherman slipped off a rock near the Saddle Rock Tunnel in the Fraser Canyon and fell into the river. He was not wearing a floatation device.

An extensive search was conducted by ground, water and air crews, but the man was not found.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, a 49-year-old man went missing after the boat he shared with two others began taking on water and started sinking in the Fraser River near the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge.

Two of the occupants were able to swim to shore, but the man couldn’t make it through the strong current. Search teams did not find him.