Police in Victoria say a man has died after climbing the railing of a bridge and losing his balance.
Victoria police say they received multiple calls early Saturday morning reporting an “intoxicated” man had climbed the Johnson Street Bridge and fallen into the frigid water below.
The bridge spans a narrow tidal inlet next to the city’s Inner Harbour, connecting the western edge of the city with its downtown core.
Police say several people tried to direct the man to swim to safety and officers who arrived within two minutes tried to help him, but were unsuccessful.
The Victoria Police Department says it does not have marine response capability and a Canadian Coast Guard boat was dispatched and recovered the man’s body.
The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating.
“Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time,” police said in a statement.
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Source:: Vancouver Sun