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Investigators are probing the death of a Port Alberni fisherman who died Wednesday morning after getting caught in his fishing net.

Son Ho, a 61-year-old father of four who lives in Surrey, was remembered by his daughter as "an honest and loving person." 

Ho was alone on his boat, which is named Sharron-Lynn after one of his daughters.

According to Port Alberni RCMP, the incident occurred in the early hours of Sept. 4 on the waters of the Alberni Inlet.

Police say that dozens of commercial vessels in the area saw the lone fisherman on his ship fall into the water and into a net cast from his boat.

Nearby fishermen immediately came to his aid and tried to pull him from the water but the rescue was made difficult by the weight of the catch in his net, police said.

The man was then brought to shore and given first aid by a BC Ambulance team. However, all efforts to revive the man were "ultimately unsuccessful," police said.

Investigators say the vessel the fisherman was aboard is registered under his name in Surrey.

Police say the incident is not considered suspicious at this time. The RCMP, BC Coroners Service and WorkSafeBC continue to investigate.

"My Dad was an honest, hardworking and beautiful person who cared so much for those around him," said one of Ho's daughters.

"He gave all he could to those around him and never asked for anything in return. He taught us how to be good people through his actiohns. We love him so much and we all miss him with all of our hearts."