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Body found after man went missing in Richmond Hill pond

Last Updated Aug 5, 2020 at 1:47 pm EDT

Water crews search for a man in a pond in Richmond Hill on Aug. 4, 2020. CITYNEWS/David Misener

Officers with York Regional Police’s marine unit say they have found a body, believed to be a man who got swept away from the storm tunnel system into a pond in Richmond Hill.

Police were called to the area of Major Mackenzie Drive and Frank Endean Road just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for a possible drowning.

When police arrived, they found a 26-year-old man from Toronto in a storm drain tunnel that connects to a nearby pond. He was rescued from the water and taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

Police said he told them that he and his friend were in the tunnel system when water levels started to rise because of the rain, flooding the tunnel and sending his friend into a nearby pond.

He identified his friend as a 30-year-old man from the Richmond Hill.

Just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, the marine unit located a body submerged in the middle of the pond. The coroner is attending the scene to confirm the identity of the deceased.

The water in the area had reportedly been experiencing strong currents from the heavy rainfall over the last couple of days.