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Two teens confirmed dead

UPDATE 9:06 a.m.

RCMP in British Columbia confirm two teenagers died when the car they were in slid off a road in southeastern B.C., and tumbled into a frigid river.

RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry said the Volkswagen Beetle was recovered Tuesday from the Pend Oreille River near Trail, about 600 kilometres east of Vancouver.

"Tragically, both missing teens were located deceased," Badry said in an update posted on the RCMP website early Wednesday.

"Conditions were difficult and the recovery operation took a significant amount of time to complete," he said, adding BC Hydro assisted in lowering water levels in the Pend Oreille by reducing discharge from its dam upstream from the accident site.

The crash happened Sunday when the Volkswagen carrying four people missed a curve along Seven Mile Dam Road, a paved road bordering the river.

Two females, the 18-year-old driver from Salmo and a 15-year-old front passenger from Warfield, managed to escape the sinking car but an 18-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy in the back seat were trapped.

Both teenaged victims were from Fruitvale, a village 16 kilometres east of Trail.

Seven Mile Dam Road was ice and snow-free on Sunday and a cause remains under investigation, Badry said.

Anyone who saw the group of teens or the Volkswagen before the crash or witnessed it go into the river is urged to contact West Kootenay Traffic Services.


ORIGINAL 7:19 a.m.

A submerged vehicle has been pulled from a river in southeastern British Columbia but two young passengers are still missing, three days after the crash.

RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry says the Volkswagen Beetle was recovered Tuesday from the Pend Oreille River near Trail after the small car, carrying four people, plunged into the icy water on Sunday afternoon.

Two females, the 18-year-old driver from Salmo and a 15-year-old front passenger from Warfield, managed to escape the sinking car but an 18-year-old woman and 15-year-old boy in the back seat were trapped.

In a news release, Badry says the missing teens, both from Fruitvale, are feared dead, although their bodies have not been found.

A search is expected to continue and Badry says the BC Coroners Service has been advised.

He says the Volkswagen went into the river at a bend along the paved, ice-free road, and a cause remains under investigation.



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