Surrey emergency crews respond after a boat capsized near Barnston Island in the Fraser River on Sunday, March 31. (Photos: Curtis Kreklau)

Man rescued after fishing boat tips over in Fraser River

Surrey Fire’s Technical Rescue Team responded on Sunday afternoon near Barnston Island

A man was rescued after a fishing boat reportedly flipped over in the Fraser River Sunday afternoon (March 31).

It happened around 2:30 p.m. near Barnston Island.

According to a Black Press freelancer at the scene, Surrey Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Team commenced a search from the shoreline.

“While firefighters and civilians search from shore with binoculars, other resources searched the water by boat and Harken Towing eventually located the male hanging onto a log boom on the Barnston Island side of the channel,” the freelancer noted.

“He and his boat were picked up and brought to waiting rescue crews at the ferry dock.”

The man was reportedly hypothermic and had been in the water for quite some time.

“However, he refused medical attention and requested to be transported back to where he started his day,” according to the freelancer.

The boat was a small inflatable fishing boat. The Barnston Island ferry was shut down for about an hour while rescue crews worked in the area.

The Now-Leader has contacted Surrey Fire Service for more details.

More to come..

Just Posted

Mouat grad Irons scores first CFL touchdown

Former Hawks star records major against Toronto on Saturday

Abbotsford council OKs bus-to-SkyTrain plan

Fraser Valley Express would begin running to Lougheed Station by start of 2021

Abbotsford sees first proposal for ‘stacked townhouse’ project

Sixty-six units proposed for McCallum Road, south of Highway 1

Fraser Valley Bandits lose ninth straight

Basketball team remains winless nearing mid-way part of season

Chilliwack judge veers from joint submission, bumps up sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Grey-haired bank robber hit with dye pack in Langley heist

Police are looking for an older man who may be stained with dye

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

New Lower Mainland bistro caters to board game fans and families

Local food and games at every table is the formula for the new business

Most Read