Update: Body recovered from Upper Arrow Lake
RCMP divers recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy from the Upper Arrow Lake on Dec. 28. The boy had been missing after a vehicle left Highway 23 just south of Halcyon Hot Springs on Dec. 27 and plunged into the lake. The driver, a 37-year-old man, and an 11-year-old girl were able to escape the vehicle before it sank.
“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,” Sgt. Monty Taylor of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District RCMP said in a statement.
A gofundme campaign has been set up in support of the family, with nearly $8,000 of the $10,000 goal achieved as of early Friday afternoon.
Two MVIs on local highways Wednesday resulted in two serious tragedies.
The first MVI happened just before 11:30 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway 40 kilometres west of Revelstoke.
Police said a westbound vehicle bearing Manitoba plates sideswiped an eastbound vehicle, causing the westbound vehicle to slide out of control into another oncoming eastbound vehicle.
The impact killed the passenger in the westbound vehicle and injured the driver and three other passengers, one seriously, the other critically. The injured were transported to hospital in Salmon Arm and Kamloops.
The occupants of the other two vehicles escaped with minor injuries.
Boy missing after vehicle plunges into Upper Arrow Lake near Halcyon Hot Springs
RCMP divers are searching the Upper Arrow Lake today after another tragic MVI.
West Kootenay Traffic Services says a red Toyota Matrix lost control on Highway 23 just south of Halcyon Hot Springs at about 3 p.m. on Dec. 27. The vehicle went off a steep embankment and plunged into the Upper Arrow Lake.
The driver, a 37-year-old man, and an 11-year-old girl were able to get out of the vehicle before it sank. However, the third passenger, a 10-year-old boy, remains missing.
Local search and rescue crews were brought in Wednesday, but were not successful in locating the boy. On Thursday, the search resumed with the assistance of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.
Police are asking any witnesses of the MVI to be in contact.