Vancouver: RCMP say a 61-year-old man was alone when the tugboat he was piloting capsized off Vancouver.

Mounties say they received a report of a body washing ashore on Tower Beach on Monday afternoon on the U.B.C. endowment lands.

They say the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre had received a mayday distress call from the tug operator earlier in the day, setting off a marine search operation near the beach.

The body was pulled ashore by a bystander and despite the best efforts of emergency responders, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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