Body recovered from Charlottetown Harbour after man falls off pier while fishing

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Divers arrive on the scene to help search for a man who fell into the harbour while fishing. They recovered a body about 15 minutes after beginning the search.   (Nicola MacLeod/CBC - image credit)
Divers arrive on the scene to help search for a man who fell into the harbour while fishing. They recovered a body about 15 minutes after beginning the search. (Nicola MacLeod/CBC - image credit)

A team of divers has recovered a body in the Charlottetown Harbour after a search for a man who fell off the pier while fishing.

Police have identified the man, who they say was 38 years old and believed to be a Charlottetown resident, and are notifying his next of kin.

The man was fishing off the pier facing the Charlottetown Yacht Club when he fell in, according to Sgt. David Flynn with the Charlottetown police.

Privately contracted divers conducted the search.

They recovered his body after about 15 minutes of searching.

Nicola MacLeod/CBC
Nicola MacLeod/CBC

Flynn said the man did not appear to be unconscious when he hit the water. Witnesses told police it looked like the man leaned too far forward and fell in.

Some nearby boaters observed the fall and tried to jump into the water and save the man, said Flynn, but the water was too dark and murky and the current was too strong to locate him.

Nicola MacLeod/CBC
Nicola MacLeod/CBC

Flynn said the tide made currents unpredictable in the harbour.

The wharf area around the 2021 sign at the foot of Queen Street had been taped off, but that tape has now been removed.

Charlottetown police say an autopsy be performed Saturday to determine the man's cause of death.

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