Deceased soccer player Kory Nagata was also a member of the Okanagan Sun Football team. Nagata played with the Sun in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
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According to the RCMP, a Richmond man drowned in the Fraser River after entering to retrieve a soccer ball.
Kory Nagata’s body was found Monday – not far from where it disappeared – after jumping into the river Sunday evening to retrieve a soccer ball near the Deck Kitchen and Bar.
“Witnesses said the man retrieved the soccer ball but was unable to return to the dock – disappearing as horrified spectators rushed to his rescue,” said the corporal. Ian Henderson.
“When he saw him struggling, two other men also jumped into the water. They couldn’t save him before going to safety. ”
Richmond RCMP reported receiving a call around 9:30 p.m. about a man who had been swept away near the Pacific Gateway Hotel on Cessna Drive.
A “thorough search was done” by the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, who searched the waters while the Richmond Fire-Rescue and BC Emergency Health Services searched the coastline.
The search for the 24-year-old man was stopped shortly before 1 a.m. due to the darkness.
Emergency crews, including the RCMP diving team, Air 1, the Fraser Guardian patrol ship, the RCMP drone and ATVs resumed their search Monday morning at low tide.
“The unpredictable nature of the Fraser River during the runoff season appears to have played an important role in this tragic incident,” said Henderson, adding that hypothermia may also have been a factor.