The owner of a capsized boat in the Fraser River that sparked a police search over the weekend was located Sunday evening safe and sound, according to Mounties.
The small boat had been found empty and capsized at Gravesend Reach — or the 5400 block of Dyke Road, in Richmond — Friday evening by the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Richmond.
According to rescue officials, the kill switch on the boat's outboard motor was dislodged, indicating that a boater may have fallen off the 10-foot boat.
On Saturday, police sent out a media advisory in search of a boater they believed could have been Korean, as Korean food packaging and a Korean first aid kit were on the boat. Police didn’t state whether the boater was, in fact Korean, or whether they were familiar with the river.
When located, the boat owner advised police that he swam to shore after losing his balance, causing the boat to capsize.
On Friday, police launched a search of the area, with the assistance of the Canadian Coast Guard, and conducted an aerial search of surrounding islands in case someone swam to shore.