Body recovered

Update July 14

The BC Coroners Service has now confirmed that a body pulled out of Shuswap Lake is that of 25-year-old Kevin Boutilier.

He was with some friends on a houseboat last August when he and several others jumped into the lake to retrieve a hat.

The coroners' service says weather conditions caused the boat to drift away from the group.

Even with the help of friends, Boutilier was unable to get back to the boat.

An extensive initial search was unsuccessful at finding Boutilier's body.

A private recovery service resumed the search for the man's body earlier this month, and the recovery was made on Thursday. 

Original Story July 11

There are unconfirmed reports that the body of a man has been recovered in Shuswap Lake.

According to a witness, deep-water sonar experts Gene and Sandy Ralston were brought in with their equipment to find the body who they believe is that of a 25-year-old man Calgary who disappeared under the waters of Shuswap Lake last August.

The Ralstons are experts in deep-water recoveries and have brought closure to dozens of families who lost a loved one in deep water. They travel hundreds of miles from their home in Idaho with their boat, which uses side-scanning sonar to locate drowning victims.

Sicamous RCMP are not confirming details and say information will be released on Monday. 

Kevin Boutilier slipped under the water of Shuswap Lake on August 24, 2013 after allegedly attempting to chase a hat and had until now still not been found.

At the time of his drowning, Sicamous RCMP said that Boutilier was one of several people who jumped into the water, but that weather and lake conditions deteriorated, causing the houseboat to drift away from the group.

Boutilier got into distress, and police say he sunk below the water's surface, despite the efforts of his friends who were alongside and attempting to help him.

For over two months Mounties and search-and-rescue officials tried to recover Boutilier before the search was called off last fall.

The area of lake where Boutilier was last seen is very deep and the terrain on the bottom of the lake is challenging for divers and sonar equipment.

CTV Calgary reported that Boutilier’s lived and breathed hockey.

He played for the Calgary Canucks from 2004-2006, the Chilliwack Bruins from 2006-2008 and had most recently played for the Airdrie Thunder and Horse Lake Chiefs.

We will have more details as the become available.


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