Fortune River Resource Corp.

Fortune River Resource Corp.

April 03, 2006 13:18 ET

Fortune River Commences Drilling at Drayton

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2006) - Fortune River Resource Corp. (TSX VENTURE:FRX)(FWB:RG7A) reported today that the company has started drilling at the six claim, 1392 hectares, Drayton Archean-vein gold project, located 10 km southeast of Sioux Lookout, northern Ontario. To date, two holes of the anticipated ten-hole, 1500 metre program have been completed. The drill program will initially focus on a 500 metre-long trend exposed in trenches at the Shaft prospect, where previous historic sampling and sampling conducted on behalf of Fortune River Resource Corp. returned 17 of 28 grab and chip samples with +1 g/t Au, including seven samples with values ranging from 9.3 to 12.2 g/t Au. The company also expects to test five additional targets that were identified through ground magnetic and IP geophysics.

Rob Macdonald, (P.Geo.) is the Qualified Person responsible for reviewing the technical results reported in this release.

On behalf of the Board,

Joseph Anthony Kizis, Jr. President, Fortune River Resource Corp.

We seek safe harbor.

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