A man has drowned while swimming near Keats Island in B.C.'s Howe Sound after he chartered a boat with friends.
RCMP said officers were called to help retrieve a man "in medical distress" from the water off the northern tip of the island around 4 p.m. PT Sunday.
Police met paramedics at the government dock in nearby Gibsons, but the man was declared dead.
A statement from RCMP said the man was in his 40s and lived in Richmond, B.C. Police said he had been swimming for "a few minutes before he was found in distress."
Keats Island is a small island off the shore of Gibsons and directly west of Bowen Island.
The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the man's death.