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Boy's body in sunken car

UPDATE: 10:55 a.m.

The body of a 10-year-old British Columbia boy has been found after the vehicle he was in crashed and sank into a lake.

Police confirm the boy's body was found Thursday when members of the RCMP underwater recovery team went into Arrow Lake in southeastern B.C.

The boy had been missing since Wednesday when the vehicle he was in veered off Highway 23 in snowy and icy conditions.

The 37-year-old driver and an 11-year-old girl were able to get out before the car sank and were treated for minor injuries.

Sgt. Monty Taylor with the Kootenay Boundary Regional District RCMP says the cause of the crash is under investigation and the coroner is also investigating.

The name of the boy will not be released.

"This is a tragic end to a family's holiday season, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and their extended network of family and friends," Taylor says in a news release.

The deadly crash was one of many on southern B.C. highways since Wednesday when a series of storms brought snowfall, freezing rain and extreme cold to the southern Interior and some northern regions.


ORIGINAL 8:52 a.m.

An underwater search is underway for 10-year-old British Columbia boy missing after the car he was in veered into Arrow Lake near Nakusp during snowy, icy weather.

RCMP say a 37-year-old man and an 11-year-old girl were able to get out of the Toyota Matrix before it sank, but an underwater recovery team is searching for the missing Slocan-area youngster.

The crash was one of many on southern B.C. highways since Wednesday when a series of storms brought snowfall, freezing rain and extreme cold to the southern Interior and some northern regions.

Travel advisories are posted for the entire Coquihalla Highway and heavy snow is also forecast for Highway 97C between Merritt and Kelowna, with Environment Canada calling for as much as 25 centimetres in mountain passes before Saturday.

One of the hardest hit areas is the Fraser Valley where freezing rain and a buildup of ice brought down trees and power lines Thursday night, knocking out electricity to thousands.

An extreme cold alert also remains in effect for Yoho and Kootenay parks and northern B.C., including the Peace River region, North Coast and the South Klondike Highway where the weather office says temperatures feel as low as -45 C with the wind chill.



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