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Divers recover body from Kennedy River

Aug 19 2012

The body of a 33-year-old Tofinoarea man was recovered Saturday, a day after he jumped 20 metres off a cliff into the Kennedy River west of Port Alberni.

The man was cliff jumping with three friends Friday evening around 6: 30 p.m.

Three of the men were on a lower level of the cliff while the victim jumped from a higher level - an elevation of about 20 metres, according to police.

Const. Tracey Corner of Port Alberni RCMP said the friends didn't see the victim jump in the water but heard the splash.

"When his friends observed him, he was unresponsive,"Corner said.

The other two men jumped into the water to assist him but were unable to locate him, police say.

One of the friends went to get help, as they were out of cellphone range. RCMP received a 911 call at 7 p.m.

RCMP and search and rescue from Alberni Valley and West Coast attended the scene but were unable to find the victim.

The RCMP dive team entered the Kennedy River early Saturday afternoon and recovered the body shortly after.

The family of the deceased has been notified. B.C. Coroner Service did not release the victim's name on Saturday.

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