A search has been called off for a woman seen late yesterday afternoon attempting to swim across the Nanaimo River.
Nanaimo RCMP say the search will continue later this morning.
Mounties say a woman was heard crying for help while Fire and Rescue crews responded to a report of smoke underneath the bridge where the Nanaimo River intersects with the Trans-Canada Highway.
A local fisherman told fire crews he saw a young woman, fully clothed, attempting to swim across the channel but he lost sight of her.
Nanaimo Search and Rescue, the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue along with air and water search came up with nothing.