Two people are dead after a vehicle plunged into the Fraser river in Chilliwack.
The vehicle was travelling down a gravel road when it went over an embankment, down about 20 feet and then submerged just below the surface of the Fraser river.
Chilliwack Search and Rescue member Doug Fraser says they initially tried to get on scene with their jet boats.
“The ice in the channel was over an inch thick so we had to turn back.”
Fraser says they eventually managed to scramble down the bank and float out to the vehicle.
“We were able to haul the vehicle out of the river and up the bank.”
Fraser believes weather was a factor.
“The gravel road was extremely icy, with probably a good inch of solid ice.”
— Chilliwack SAR (@ChilliwackSAR) January 10, 2016
Police have yet to comment on the incident, which happened shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.