A 50 year-old woman was found dead near Ucluelet’s Whiskey Dock on Oct. 19.
Sgt. Steve Mancini of the Ucluelet RCMP told the Westerly News that police were notified of a body in the harbour around 5 p.m. and arrived at the scene along with B.C. Ambulance personnel.
He said the body was retrieved from the water and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was transported to Tofino to be examined by the B.C. Coroners Service.
“The RCMP continue to investigate with the assistance of the B.C. Coroner, however the cause of death is not believed to be suspicious,” Mancini said.
He said police have viewed surveillance footage of the area that shows the woman walking onto the dock earlier that day.
“It appears that the female was alone at the time,” he said. “She went into camera view and never returned.”
He said he hopes the tragedy serves as a reminder to West Coast residents and visitors to be careful around Ucluelet’s harbours and shorelines.
“The water is a lot colder than it was a few months ago,” he said. “We urge people, if they are going onto the docks, to wear lifejackets and ensure that you’re being cautious.”
The woman’s identity has not been released. She is believed to have been visiting family in the area, according to Mancini.