The body of a man who drowned in the South Saskatchewan River has been recovered.

Nathanial Bear, of Mistawasis First Nation, fell into the river in Saskatoon on February 27th.

Immediate attempts were made to rescue him, but they would be unsuccessful.

In the following weeks search efforts for his remains were undertaken.

The Prince Albert Grand Council says their search and rescue team was able to assist in finding Bear’s body this past weekend.

The Saskatoon Fire Department and the Hutterian Emergency Aquatic Response Team also assisted in the search.

According to the PAGC, their search team was brought in at the request of Mistawasis First Nation.

“We are committed to helping families during their times of grief and loss, and we are fortunate we are able to offer these services to our communities,” said PAGC Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte in a media release.

Mistawasis Chief Darryl Watson thanked the PAGC for helping bring the family closure.

“The dedication and professionalism of all those involved has allowed the family to now begin their grieving process and start their healing journey as a family,” said Chief Watson.