REPORTING · 31st May 2010
The initial reports regarding the Kalum River accident that which saw a truck careen off of a gravel road corner 2 kilometers up the West Kalum Forest Service road were incomplete and somewhat inaccurate.
The previous account reported the last of four occupants was located in the truck before the search was called off. Three were transferred to Hospital and unconfirmed reports were the underwater camera determined a body was in the vehicle.
Today the Terrace SAR returned after pulling the truck out of the deep water and after securing it to the bank they reported the missing occupant was not found in the truck. No less than two individuals at the scene the previous evening reported seeing signs of a body in the truck before they decided to call off the recovery efforts at dark. Currently they are all now questioning themselves and being questioned by others including the RCMP. They may have been accurate in their observations but through the night the raging current might have changed the state of affairs. It remains a tragedy and a great loss without a definitive conclusion. The Terrace SAR will continue to scour the banks and log jams in an effort to locate the body.
The remote location of the vehicle and the cause for the difficult recovery.
The Terrace Water SAR returns to their base facility.
Matt Adams, driving the truck, Nici Decario, Michael Lavoie, John McKen and Chase Thompson returned after 9 pm Monday after searching the river unsuccessfully.
volunteers bussed in to help with recovery
Comment by Melanie Doolan on 3rd June 2010
prayers and thanks to all the volunteers that are now risking their lives to aid in the recovery of the missing man. 58 everyday joes and janes travelled (mostly from Gingolx) to the river yesterday to search without the aid of professionals trained to to do such work! it has only been a couple of days since the accident. when did it become such a low priority?
Comment by scott mcginlay on 31st May 2010
Again, I would like to give praise to all the VOLUNTEERS who put everything they had into this hard search. Just shows the dedication the SAR people have. Two thumbs up!