The bodies of three young people have been recovered from Slocan Lake 18 days after their canoe capsized.
RCMP Sergeant Darryl Little says the families have all been notified and are devestated but also relieved.
“Definitely a sense of closure. We have spoke to all of the family members and they are all relieved that their loved have been recovered and they can put that portion behind them and start moving forward now with any funeral arrangements and any memorial services and I think the town itself is somewhat relieved.”
Little says the tragedy that claimed four lives in all has shaken up the small community of New Denver.
“Definitely it has. It is a small community of 600 people and to lose four young people like that in the community is very devestating to them. It has been tough. They have all banded together very well. Counsellors have been made available to them when ever they need it. I have to praise the community effort itself to deal with this tragedy.”
None of the young people were wearing a lifejacket.
The BC Coroners Service is now in charge of the investigation.