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Fisherman swept away in Kitimat River

A 21-year-old man was swept away in the Kitimat River Saturday.

Kitimat RCMP were called out just before 6 p.m. to the scene about eight kilometres north of Kitimat at the end of Powerline Road.

Nicholas “Nick” Hopwood, is described as being 6’9″ tall, 220 pounds, with brown hair with a beard. He was last seen wearing brown chest waders, green boots, white hat, white T-shirt and camouflage hoody.

Kitimat RCMP along with RCMP dive team, Kitimat ground search and rescue, Terrace Search and Rescue/Swiftwater teams, Kitimat Fire/Rescue, local helicopter and Kitimat Victim Services have been active in the investigation.

Kitimat RCMP are advising that with the rains and melting snowpack in the mountains, water levels are rising creating stronger currents and deeper water. Please consider wearing personal flotation devices while fishing in the river.

Police are asking for the publics help in allowing emergency crews to work safely and for anyone with any information to contact Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111.

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