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The BC Coroners Service is investigating after a 50-year-old woman drowned while tubing in the Cowichan River on Saturday.

Lake Cowichan RCMP said the woman allegedly passed the “pull out” zone while floating down the river near Marie Canyon when she became separated from her tube and was pulled into fast-moving water.

She attempted to make her way to the side to exit the tube but became trapped underwater.

The 33-year-old man she was with pulled her from the water and tried to resuscitate her until paramedics arrived.

Lake Cowichan RCMP and B.C. Ambulance arrived at the scene around 3:30 p.m.

The woman was airlifted to Victoria General Hospital but succumed on Sunday.

On Canada Day, a man on a tube was also pinned underwater after being sucked under a tree that had fallen across the river. He was rescued by bystanders and survived.

That tree has since been removed by search and rescue officials.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Lake Cowichan RCMP at 250-749-6668.

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