Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tragic outcome after search of Skeena River for missing boaters

Wednesday afternoon, the Prince Rupert RCMP delivered the devastating news that no one wanted to hear, confirming the deaths of three missing boaters on the Skeena River.

The search of the Skeena near Tyee had commenced on Tuesday morning, after reports late Monday evening of the overdue status of three Terrace residents.

The trio had set out over the weekend on a trip to the Frizzell Hot Springs, the alarm raised when there was no contact from them on Monday, with their vehicle still in place where it had been left on Highway 16.

As the search was conducted, the body of the first of the three missing boaters, was recovered in the afternoon of Tuesday.

However swiftly changing and extreme weather conditions,  brought the search for the remaining boaters to a halt.

When the search resumed on Wednesday morning, the rescue process sadly turned into one of further recovery, with the mid-afternoon discovery of the remaining two boaters who were also deceased.

The two day search involved members of the RCMP West Coast Marine Service, Terrace Search and Rescue and Canadian Coast Guard.

You can review more information on the incident from the Prince Rupert RCMP website.


November 15-- Names of Skeena Boating Incident Victims Released
November 15-- Northwest BC drowning victims identified

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