1 dead, 3 missing in lake
UPDATE 2:00 P.M.
Friends and family have gone to social media to remember the 19-year-old lost this weekend in Slocan Lake.
They have identified her as Lily Harmer-Taylor of New Denver.
Comments like 'RIP', 'Too beautiful...too sweet...Love you Lily so much..you really were one in a trillion' and 'Rest In Peace with the Angels' were posted to Facebook.
Rescue crews continue to look for the three other missing are males aged 17-21, they were on the canoe with Harmer-Taylor when it flipped.
One teen girl is dead and three others are missing after their canoe overturned in Slocan Lake.
“We received a call of a submerged canoe on the lake Saturday night around 5:30 p.m. with two people holding on to it. Search and Rescue, the Slocan Fire Department and BC Ambulance were immediately dispatched to the scene,” explained Central Kootenay Regional Detachment Commander Sgt. Darryl Little.
Rescue crews were immediately on the lake and found a 19-year-old woman unconscious inside the canoe with no one else around.
Crews got her back to shore and rushed her to hospital, but unfortunately she passed away over night.
The RCMP dive team and Search and Rescue then learned that three other young people, aged 17-21 were still missing as four people had set out in the afternoon to row from New Denver up the lake to a place called Rosebery, which is about 6 km away.
“They were 150 metres from the New Denver side shore and for some reason the canoe either overturned or sank on them throwing them into the water,” said Little.
Little said crews are still on a 'rescue mission' and are hopeful that maybe the missing three made it to shore.
“Hopefully...they are cold and wet but on shore and so we are searching the shore lines and the lake itself.”
But Little says the lake is deep and dangerous and they do fear the worst, adding that no one was wearing a lifejacket at the time.
“The lake itself is very very cold, it is a glacier-fed lake and in the area where the canoe was located was about 250-feet deep.”
RCMP are unclear what would have caused the canoe to overturn.
“Weather was good at the time, it wasn't extremely windy so we don't know why the canoe would have overturned or sank on the lake,” said Little.
Rescue crews searched last night until dark and started again this morning at 6 a.m.
Little says Search and Rescue is back out on the lake now with assistance from the RCMP dive team and a RCMP helicopter from Kelowna to try and locate the missing group.
Little says three of the people are from the nearby village of New Denver and one is from Gibsons.
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