REALTOR Salinder Burmy and businessman Bunty Bachra died in a jet ski accident on Thursday evening. They were family friends from Richmond.
Richmond RCMP said that shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday (August 27), their officers responded to a report of a jet ski adrift with two unconscious persons floating in the Fraser River. A commercial vessel had spotted them and contacted police.
A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft was deployed and both men were brought to shore near No. 4 Road and the dyke. The BC Ambulance Service and Richmond Fire Rescue attended, but despite their best efforts, both persons died at the scene.
The two sustained severe head injuries. Both were wearing their life jackets. The RCMP did not identify the men, but sources in the community confirmed that the men were Burmy and Bachra.
Police said that lighting conditions and speed are being considered as contributing factors at this point. Foul play is not suspected.
The RCMP and the BC Coroner’s Service are investigating this incident.
If anyone has any information or witnessed this incident, please contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or by e-mail at Richmond_Tips@rcmp-grc.gc.ca To leave a tip anonymously, call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).