Victoria BC – Multiple officers attended the Johnson Street Bridge early this morning after a man fell off the bridge.
VicPD received multiple 911 calls just after 1:30 a.m. after an intoxicated man was seen losing his balance after climbing on a railing and failing into the water below. Several people attempted to give direction to the man to swim to safety.
Several VicPD officers attended within two minutes of the 911 call and attempted to assist the man but were unsuccessful, with one officer suffering minor, non-life threatening injuries. VicPD called the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for assistance as VicPD does not have a marine response capability. A Canadian Coast Guard boat was dispatched and recovered the man's body with assistance of VicPD officers.
The file has been handed over to the BC Coroner Service.
Our thoughts are with the man’s family during this difficult time.