Body clad in survival suit turns out to be lost training mannequin

It looked real enough.

A concerned boater notified Sooke RCMP Wednesday that a human body had washed up on the rocks at Beechy Head - near the Alyard Farm part of East Sooke Park.

The body was clad in an orange survival suit.  Unfortunately, due to conditions on the water and rugged shoreline - the boater had not been able to get a close look at it.

Officers attended and hiked into the scene, where they located the cold and unresponsive body of a Department of National Defence training mannequin.  

RCMP say the dummy had gone adrift during a training exercise, and was suffering only minor abrasions and an acute barnacle growth on the left hand and forearm.  

DND have been notified and will recover their property.   

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