UPDATES: One young woman dead, three people missing after canoe accident

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

Mounties say an eight-person dive team will be headed into the freezing waters of Slocan Lake tomorrow morning to search for 21 year old Hayden Kyle, 18 year old Skye Donnet and 15 year old Jule Wiltshire-Padfield -who remain missing after a canoe accident yesterday.

RCMP Sergeant Darryl Little says it’s not clear why the canoe sunk in the glacier-fed lake.

“Somebody did report seeing two youths holding to the canoe, one on either end. He ran to a residence nearby, phoned the RCMP, and by the time he got back to the scene, the youths were no longer in sight. So, we don’t know what happened at that point…We’re still investigating that part of it. Still contacting some of the people that they were associating with that day to find out exactly what they were doing, where they were headed.”

When police made it to the boat the boys were gone, but a 19-year old girl – identified by family and friends online as Lily Harmer-Taylor – was found unconscious.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly died overnight.

Grief counsellors are being made available at a school in New Denver – where three of the four were from.

Comments

  1. My heart goes to the families and the Village of New Denver for their loss. As I have a seasonal residence in the community, my family have enjoyed the beautiful Slocan Lake for many summers. I see a photo of Slocan Lake every time I turn on my lap-top. Slocan Lake is so beautifully deceptive that its dangers are often not so obvious.

    It is such a tragedy that this majestic lake, surrounded by towering mountains, has claimed 3 young and promising lives. I add my voice to that of Trevor-So Sad!

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