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One dead three missing in West Kootenay canoe accident

Lily Harmer-Taylor, 19, reportedly died when the canoe she was in overturned on Slocan Lake in the West Kootenay region on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
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May 11, 2014 - 1:18 PM

NELSON, B.C. - A 19-year-old woman is dead and three youths are missing after a canoe overturned in a lake in the West Kootenay.

RCMP Sgt. Darryl Little says emergency crews were called out to Slocan Lake on Saturday, where they found the woman and rushed her to hospital.

She later died.

Family friends have identifed her as Lily Harmer-Taylor of New Denver, according to reports by Global News and CBC.

A rescue operation continues for the three other occupants of the canoe, aged between 16 and 21.

Two of the missing people are from the nearby village of New Denver and one is from Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast.

He says the water is ice cold and glacier fed and that aerial, dive and foot patrols continue to sweep the area for survivors.

Little says none of the youths appeared to be wearing life jackets.

Slocan Lake
Slocan Lake
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