RCMP in northern B.C. have called off the search for a 25 year-old Belgian man who fell into the Stikine River last week.
Police say Stéphane Goosse was canoeing with a coworker in the remote area of Great Glacier Lake and the lower Stikine River during a day off Thursday, August 3, 2017 when their vessel overturned.
His co-worker made it to shore, but Goosse did not. The commercial salmon fishing company that he and his colleague worked for launched its own search efforts before Search and Rescue and RCMP personnel made it to the site the following day.
Fire officials with an airplane and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Wrangell Alaska both assisted with the search from August 4 to the 6th along with the Dease Lake RCMP and a North District RCMP floatplane.
Despite the intense search, no trace of the missing Belgian citizen was found and efforts were suspended late Monday.
The Dease Lake RCMP say the matter is considered to be a presumed drowning/missing person investigation.
Mounties say they continue to investigate to find out precisely what happened during the incident.
Stéphane Goosse, in his posts to Facebook, indicated his excitement at landing the fishing job near the BC-Alaska border and was planning a paddle down the Yukon River once his job had wrapped up sometime in August.