Update: Search continuing for missing youths in Slocan Lake

Effort now considered a recovery mission according to police

Update: The Central Kootenay RCMP Detachment has issued a press release indicating that the search for the three missing men who have been reported missing concluded for the day, yesterday afternoon without success. The RCMP dive team dove both in the morning and afternoon. The team concentrated on the Bigelow Bay area working out from the shore toward deeper water. The dive team remained overnight and is continuing with an underwater search on this morning. In addition the RCMP will also conduct another aerial search. As noted in the previous press release this is now considered a recovery operation.

Of note, there have been some rumours surfacing in the community that the helicopter observed three bodies in the water. This is NOT the case.  As one might guess this has caused a lot of anguish in the community.

 

Previous release

The Central Kootenay Regional RCMP detachment reports it is continuing the search for the three youths who were in a canoe that overturned on Slocan Lake, Saturday May 10.

“An RCMP helicopter conducted an aerial search of the lake and shoreline where the youths were last seen,” the May 12 press release states, “unfortunately this was unsuccessful.”

Two RCMP dive boats were launched at about 9 a.m. and had conducted an underwater search in the lake.  The temperature in the search area was a confirmed 34 degrees Fahrenheit… the depth, about 480 feet. The search continued in the afternoon.

“At this point due to the circumstances involved, cold water, distance from shore, the depth of the lake and length of time since they were last seen this has now being considered a recovery mission,” informed NCO Sgt. Darryl Little in an email. “An additional news release will be sent at the end of the day’s search.”

 

Also attached was a prepared statement from the Mayor of New Denver Ann Bunka:

 

“New Denver and all the communities along Slocan Lake are reeling with this tragedy.  This is a small community and every accident and loss is personal.  this is a close knit community that rallies together in times of need and never has this been more apparent.  the outpouring of assistance to do whatever is needed is a trademark of this community and in times of loss is a reminder of why we live here.

“We would like to thank the New Denver and Area Fire Department, B.C. Ambulance, RCMP and the Arrow Lakes Search and Rescue in addition to all the volunteers of the community who continue to work on our behalf.

“Counselling has been made available to all.

“The families and friends of the deceased and missing are grieving and need time to deal with this.  Please respect their privacy at this time.”

 

Ann Bunka, Mayor

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kootenay residents stranded in Peru seek a way home

Three West Kootenay residents are in remote places, unable to get to Lima’s international airport

West Kootenay couple escapes Spain – safe, sound, and in self-isolation

BC couple Garrett Kucher and Tory Apostoliuk make it home after almost a week of lockdown in Spain

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Interior Health officials outline pandemic response in virtual town hall

Kelowna-Lake County MLA Norm Letnick moderates digital discussion, Q&A with Interior Health leadership

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

Canadian ferry operators call for inclusion in COVID-19 travel restrictions

Domestic travel restrictions should include ferries, operators say

Canadian COVID-19 update: Cases spike in Quebec & Ontario; Nine O’Clock Gun salutes health workers

Comprehensive Canadian news update as of 12:30 p.m., Monday, March 30.

Cruise ships, one with COVID-19 on board, carry Canadians covertly through Panama Canal

Zaandam, Rotterdam pass through canal under cover of darkness in face of local protests

’The energy sector is destroyed beyond repair’: expert on COVID-19’s impact on economy

‘That’s never been heard of before; no one sells oil for $4 a barrel.’ – Dan McTeague

LifeLabs reducing public hours as it assists with COVID-19 testing

Coronavirus tests not done at B.C. patient centres, referrals only

24,000 Canadian Forces members ready for COVID-19 response: Defence Minister

No direct requests made by premiers yet, national defence minister says

IN DEPTH: How B.C. emptied its hospitals to prepare for COVID-19

Thousands of beds have been freed up, but patients and seniors have had to sacrifice

Kootenay Meadows Farm experiencing shortage of glass milk bottles

Some grocery stores have stopped accepting bottle returns amid COVID-19 concerns

Most Read