RCMP Crest

Car debris leads Castlegar RCMP to search Arrow Lake

RCMP and Castlegar Search and Rescue discovered a vehicle left the road near Syringa Creek Provincial Park and ended up in Arrow Lake.

On Sunday, July 24 Castlegar RCMP responded to a complaint that a vehicle appeared to have gone down an embankment into Arrow Lake. The report came from a boater who noticed debris leading to the water. Fortunately, RCMP officers were already on the lake doing a summer boat patrol so they were able to attend to the scene quickly.

The debris included a bumper, headlight and personal effects.

The spot where the vehicle left the road is located about ten kilometers past Syringa Creek Provincial Park on the road to Deer Park. Castlegar RCMP along with Castlegar Search and Rescue attended and searched the area.

Marc Savoie with Castlegar Search and Rescue (CSAR) described the area as steep with limited visibility, preventing a clear view from either the top or the bottom, which prevented them from being able to assess by sight if anyone had been ejected from the vehicle. Therefore, CSAR sent someone down the cliff to make sure no one was stranded on the embankment.

CSAR could see where the vehicle had entered the water, so they also deployed a boat team to do a shore search. Utilizing their sonar equipment, CSAR was able to locate where the vehicle was submerged in the water. Nine search and rescue crews including two from Rossland Search and Rescue participated in the operation.

The vehicle turned out to be a blue 2007 Dodge Caliber and it was found resting in 125 feet of water.

Initial attempts to locate the vehicle’s registered owner were unsuccessful, causing some concern that the owner may be in the vehicle. However, the registered owner was eventually contacted after she returned from being out of the area on a camping trip. She discovered her vehicle had been stolen from her residence while she was away.

The RCMP underwater recovery team was called in but did not locate anyone inside the vehicle. Indications at the point where the car left the roadway, primarily the lack of skid marks and tracks indicating the vehicle was driven at right angles to the road, point towards the vehicle being pushed or rolled into the water.

The vehicle was a blue 2007 Dodge Caliber. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Castlegar RCMP at (250)365-7721 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Just Posted

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Close to 1000 people expected to hear international evangelist Angus Buchan this weekend

The Mighty Men’s Conference is taking place in Castlegar June 28-30.

PHOTOS: Canadian National Peony Show this weekend in Castlegar

A glimpse of what is happening at the Community Complex this weekend.

Students learn about making a difference

Girl’s leadership program bears fruit at Kinnaird Elementary

Three times the love: Identical triplets return home to Nelson

Katherine van der Veen gave birth to Ainsley, Olivia and Abigail last month

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Most Read