NEWS RELEASE · 17th June 2011
On June 16, 2011 at approximately 08:00 hours, the Smithers RCMP were informed of an overturned boat with a person struggling to stay afloat in the Bulkley River at Eddy Park in Telkwa, BC. The Telkwa and Smithers Fire Departments, the Department of Fisheries and local Search and Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Team were immediately called to assist.
Witnesses observed a male wearing red and black go under the water, but he did not resurface. Search and Rescue patrolled the river from just east of Smithers to Telkwa, only finding the pontoon boat and a red life-jacket. Police were able to confirm the identity of the missing 40 year old male and his family is being kept apprised of the continuing search.
Update June 17th
The missing 40 year old male was located, deceased, in the Ebenezer Flats area of the Bulkley River yesterday evening. He was not wearing a life jacket. The family of the male has been notified but no name is being released at this time.