RCMP search for body of missing man at Miles Canyon

Whitehorse RCMP have called off their search and rescue operation for a man who apparently fell into Miles Canyon from a cliff on Monday afternoon and are now looking to recover the body.

Whitehorse RCMP have called off their search and rescue operation for a man who apparently fell into Miles Canyon from a cliff on Monday afternoon and are now looking to recover the body.

“At this stage, given that he has not been located or seen since, and the last witness that saw him did see him go under the water, unfortunately we are looking into this as a recovery,” Whitehorse RCMP spokesperson Julia Fox told the CBC on Tuesday.

Witnesses reported a 19-year-old man jumped or slipped from the cliff, near the suspension bridge.

According to the RCMP, some people at the scene tried to grab the man but ultimately failed. One jumped into the water to save him but the man had already disappeared under the surface. Before that, the man tried to swim to the bank, witnesses reported.

On Monday, two Yukon Search and Rescue teams assisted by a helicopter from Wildland Fire Management and units from Police Dog Services searched the water and the shore.

The search continued on Tuesday, unsuccessfully.

The RCMP hasn’t released the man’s name.

Calls made to the RCMP asking for updates on Wednesday were not returned by press time.

Whitehorse RCMP is asking anyone with any information to contact them at 667-5555.

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