Emergency workers were called to the Fraser river after a commercial vessel captain spotted the two men, and the Richmond Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that they were both in their 50s and were pulled unresponsive from the water and later pronounced dead. Both men had head injuries and were found floating in the water near a jet ski.
Police suspect that speed and lighting could have been factors in the lethal incident.
Byurmy is President and CEO of Land Development Corp, and also supported social causes including education and poverty alleviation. No information is yet available on his friend Bunty.