A search is underway in Cache Creek after it’s been learned the fire chief Clayton Cassidy is missing.
It’s believed that Cassidy had gone out to check fast moving creeks early this morning before being swept away by the fast-moving waters.
Corporal Dan Moskaluk with B.C. RCMP says at this time it is an active search for Moskaluk with no set time frame.
“We have extensive resources that are out conducting the search as we speak, and at this time he’s considered as missing.”
He says the search will be ongoing until nightfall.
“There’s quite a segment, a section of the river that can be searched and that will carry on until dark and then we’ll reassess at the end of the day to see where we’re at.”
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Moskaluk says water levels in the interior are high, fast and dangerous following the storm.
“At this time we have an extensive ground search that’s taking place in the area of the river as well as to the water’s edge.”
Cassidy has been with the volunteer fire department for decades and was recently awarded the medal for good citizenship after helping residents during flooding in the town in 2015.
Several agencies including Kamloops Search and Rescue are conducting the search.
Kamloops Search and Rescue manager Alan Hobler is on the ground and says those rising water levels have hindered the efforts.
“It’s making conditions hazardous for searchers, certainly if this person did end up in the water that’s a concern for us as well.”
Hobler says they have their fingers crossed for better weather.
“We’ve got our K9 teams out currently searching river banks and other areas. The water levels are still fairly high from the rain event that happened out there so we’re hoping the levels drop which would help with the search.”
Hobler says though every missing person case is taken seriously, because of Cassidy’s stature in the small town, there’s an added sense of urgency.
He adds that there is no deadline for when to end the search as of yet.