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Officials issue warning after body found in Oakley canal

OAKLEY (KRON) - Officials are reminding the public of the dangers of the Contra Costa Canal after a body was recovered from the water Monday.

Around 4:37 p.m. several agencies, including Oakley PD, responded to reports of a body in the canal near Rose Ave. and Main St. in Oakley.

Officers found someone floating in the water when they arrived on scene.

"It appeared the body had been in the water for an extended period of time," officials said.

Marine Patrol Deputies pulled the body from the water.

Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene to assist in Oakley PD's investigation.

"At this point investigators believe the victim likely climbed the fence to gain access to the canal for water, and likely fell into the water," City officials said. "There is nothing to indicate there was any foul play associated with this incident."

Police and the Corner's Officer are working to identify the body so they can notify the family.

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area to report if they saw anyone near the fence line or hopping the fence near the main canal overcrossing. You can email the OPD Tip line at OPD@ci.oakley.ca.us if you have information.

Oakley City officials released the following warning about the dangers of the canal, noting that even professional/rescue divers will not enter the water under certain circumstances:

For many of us who have grown up around the Contra Costa Canal, we know it to be a hazard that many underestimate. The canal is used to move large quantities of water by pumping – making the real hazard below the surface that may appear calm. Below the surface the water is moving at a good pace, making it hazardous. Experienced swimmers have a difficult time in the water and public safety divers will not enter the canal unless the pumps are turned off, the water is moving that fast. It’s a hazard that we need to remind all of our family members about.

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