CORNER BROOK Recreational boaters discovered a deceased man floating in the Bay of Islands near Eagle Island Monday morning.
The RCMP in Corner Brook were notified of the discovery around 10:15 a.m. An investigation determined the body was wearing a life jacket when it was discovered by the boat's crew.
The recreational boaters turned the body over to the Coast Guard vessel the Cape Fox. Police say it appears the man may have only been deceased for a short period of time.
No identification was found on the body.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) immediately deployed a Comorant helicopter out of Gander to conduct searches of the Bay of Islands for possible boat debris and other potential people in distress. The Cape Fox also searched the Bay of Islands area throughout the day Monday.
Although the JRCC has ensured an extensive search of the Bay of Islands area is being conducted, and weather was sunny and clear, the searches have been negative for any other people in distress or locating any other deceased bodies, an RCMP release says.
During the search at approximately 2:30 p.m., an orange coloured wooden dory was located wrecked on the rocks near the entrance to the Bay of Islands and across from Pearl Island. The dory had no identifiable registration number.
The RCMP in Corner Brook are investigating the matter and attempting to find the identity of the deceased male who appears to have been in his 20s with blonde hair and blue eyes and was approximately six feet tall.
The RCMP says they have not received any missing person complaints related to this matter. Anyone with information can contact the RCMP in Corner Brook at 709-637-4433.