(Port Alberni inlet/Photo: alltrails.com)

The BC police watchdog entity is conducting an investigation into an incident that resulted in a man drowning in Port Alberni.

At around 3 a.m. on November 28th, Port Alberni RCMP attended reports of a naked man who was spotted in a public place.

Once officers located the man, he decided to run from police and jumped into the tributary of Port Alberni inlet.

Although police entered the water to try and reach the man, they could not get to him before he drowned to death.

BC Coroner’s Service attended the scene to conduct their own investigation.

On Thursday, the Independent Investigations Office of BC was notified and commenced an inquiry into what role, if any, officers’ actions or inaction may have played in his death.