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Man dies after falling into river at BC Ferries Richmond facility

A man died Friday after falling into the river at BC Ferries’ Richmond maintenance facility. The man was working at the Fleet Maintenance Unit on Rice Mill Road, just west of the George Massey Tunnel, when he fell into the Fraser River.
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A man died Friday after falling into the river at BC Ferries’ Richmond maintenance facility.

The man was working at the Fleet Maintenance Unit on Rice Mill Road, just west of the George Massey Tunnel, when he fell into the Fraser River.

Late Friday night, Richmond RCMP and search and rescue crews were called to look for the missing man, resulting in an extensive land and marine search and rescue operation, according to Richmond RCMP.

He was found dead on Saturday.

“This is extremely distressing news for all of us and our hearts go out to his family and friends, to our employees who work at the fleet maintenance unit alongside this person and to our entire BC Ferries’ family,” said Deborah Marshall, spokesperson for BC Ferries, in an email.

WorkSafe BC is investigating the incident, according to BC Ferries.

The Richmond RCMP confirmed they are investigating alongside WorkSafe BC.

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