A gruesome scene discovered by passengers of a pleasure boat out enjoying the summer sunshine this afternoon.
Brandon Austin with the Canadian Coast Guard says a body was discovered floating in the water near Gabriola Island.
A search effort is underway to determine if anyone else is in distress.
“What we are doing now is we are carrying on the search just to make sure there is no one else associated with this body.”
The Coast Guard is also looking for a vessel which may have sunk.
Gabriola Island RCMP has taken over the investigation.