KAMLOOPS - Officials have now recovered two bodies from Red Lake, northwest of Kamloops, where two fishermen were reported overdue on Tuesday.
Southeast District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the bodies of two men, aged 61 and 66, were recovered by the RCMP underwater recovery team with assistance from Kamloops Search and Rescue yesterday, April 12.
The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed it is investigating.
RCMP called in Kamloops Search and Rescue last night, April 11, around 9 p.m. to help search for two overdue fishermen. Cpl. James Toye said police found a truck and snowmobile in the Red Lake area with no one around.
Alan Hobler with Kamloops Search and Rescue says they were called to look for two men who had been ice fishing on Red Lake.
"The ice conditions were too poor for searchers to go onto the lake," Hobler says.
Flat ice rescue crews from Nicola Valley Search and Rescue and 100 Mile House were called to assist in the search, but Hobler says the ice started cracking underneath them.
He says they had used a drone to help in the search because of the dangerous thin ice on the lake.
"It was a bad judgement call for these two people and I’m not sure if they were aware of the risk (the thin ice posed)," Hobler said.
Toye said this morning that RCMP and search and rescue volunteers were continuing a search of the area today.
Red Lake is located northwest of Kamloops in the Tranquille Valley area off Copper Creek Road. Kamloops Search and Rescue and Hummingbird Drones have released footage of the rescue taken by a drone.
– This story was updated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to include new information from Kamloops Search and Rescue and Kamloops Rural RCMP.
– This story was updated at 11:32 a.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to include new information from Kamloops Rural RCMP.
– This story was updated at 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to include new information from B.C. Coroners Service.
– This story was updated at 4:42 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to include new video footage from Kamloops Search and Rescue.
– This story was updated at 6:52 a.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017 to include an update from RCMP.
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