Coroner identifies kayaker

  • Dec. 19, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Tom Butcher (right) played for the Comox Valley United soccer team.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a kayaking incident in the ocean near Union Bay on Dec. 18, 2016.

He was Thomas Butcher, aged 23, of Courtenay.

Butcher and a friend set out on a kayaking expedition from Union Bay to Tree Island about 10 p.m. on Dec. 17, 2016. About one kilometre from shore, the two kayaks collided and Butcher fell into the water.

Despite the best efforts of his companion, he could not be rescued. The companion made it successfully to shore and alerted authorities, and a search was immediately launched. The RCMP dive team recovered Butcher, deceased, from the ocean on the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2016.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate this death.

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