Calgary man presumed drowned after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Revelstoke RCMP believe the 35-year-old had remove his life jacket in order to take off bulky clothing that may have impeded his ability to swim to shore.

File photo: The Columbia River near Revelstoke.

A man who went missing after the boat he was in capsized on the Columbia River near Blanket Creek Campground is now presumed drowned.

Revelstoke RCMP said in a statement sent out late Sunday afternoon that despite search efforts over the weekend they have not been able to locate the man, identified as 35-year-old Warren Tittemore of Calgary, AB. The RCMP said they have reason to believe Tittemore  had to take off his life jacket in order to remove heavier clothing he was wearing which would have restricted his ability to swim. Unfortunately it appears he was unable to make it to shore.

Tittemore and another man, who the RCMP did not name, were in a small aluminum boat when it capsized. Both men were wearing life jackets and made an attempt for shore, but were separated. The other man was able to make it to shore and police were able to locate his position using GPS from the cell phone he used to call for help.

“The family would like to extend their appreciation to all those persons who assisted in the search for Warren and we all pray that he is eventually located so the family can have some form of closure,” Cpl. Thomas Blakney said in the statement.