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3 killed in boat crash on Seton Lake near Lillooet

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June 28, 2021 - 11:42 AM

A serious Sunday morning crash on Seton Lake in Lillooet killed two men and a woman.

RCMP are now investigating the fatal crash they were alerted to when beachgoer called 911 June 27 just before 2 a.m., to report he overheard a powerboat pass his location, which was followed by the sound of a loud bang.

"Hampered by the darkness, the civilian complainant estimated that the marine incident had been unfolding approximately one kilometre offshore of Seton Lake," RCMP said in a press release issued by Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey.

Lillooet RCMP called for the assistance of search and rescue who were gearing up to deploy at first light in order to determine the source of the audible bang.

A short time after 7 a.m., a boater in the area located a partially capsized boat and observed bodies in the water nearby. With the assistance of the Seton Fire Department, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and search and rescue personnel the wreckage and three bodies were recovered from the crash site.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and has launched its own concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how each of the people came to their unexpected deaths.

The identity of each of the deceased has been established by investigators and RCMP said their identities will not be released publicly due to their privacy under the Coroner’s Act.

"The investigation into this tragic incident is in its very early stages," O’Donaghey said in the release.

"Lillooet RCMP, with support from the RCMP West Coast Marine Section will be probing the circumstances that contributed to the fatal crash. The RCMP will share its findings with the BC Coroners Service who is carrying out its own investigation into the unexpected deaths of each of the deceased."

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