More family joins search

Colton Davies

More family members of a missing Alberta couple, last seen taking off from the Penticton airport, have joined in on search efforts.

Pilot Dominic Neron, 28, and passenger Ashley Bourgeault, 31, have been missing since Nov. 26 when their small plane vanished on the way to Edmonton from the South Okanagan.

Neron's sister Tammy, brother Don and sister-in-law Kate Sinclair drove to Revelstoke on Saturday to join in on the search efforts.

Other family members are currently in the area already. 

Tammy noted Bourgeault's brother was in a helicopter with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre crews searching on Saturday, and that Dominic's step-brother will be flying with crews on Sunday.

Cpt. Zlatko Neral air controller with the JRCC, said Saturday has been "one of the better weather days" crews have had in the search efforts, which is still focused in the Rogers Pass area near Revelstoke.

A military helicopter, park helicopter and a fixed-wing military aircraft were able to search up to 8,000 feet on Saturday.

Search efforts for Neron and Bourgeault have gone on for six days, and the JRCC said there are no plans presently to scale back search efforts.

Tammy pleaded in a Facebook post on Friday that the family is not giving up hope in the search.

"As each day passes we need to hold them closer in our hearts... We need everyone's prayers and love more than ever right now."

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