UPDATE: Body of missing man found in Adams Lake

The north end of Adams Lake is pictured in this photo from the website kamloopstrails.net. A search is underway for a 57-year-old man who fell into Adams Lake while boating with his grandson in the middle of the night, Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Image Credit: kamloopstrails.net

CHASE – The body of a 57-year-old man who fell into Adams Lake while boating with his grandson in the middle of the night was located Sunday morning.

RCMP say the Clearwater man and his 22-year-old grandson were in a 12-foot aluminum boat fishing at about 12:30 a.m., Saturday, May 2, when the wind blew up and waves capsized the vessel.

The younger man managed to swim the 100 metres to shore, but the older man didn’t make it, RCMP said on Saturday, adding the pair were not wearing personal floatation devices.

Divers with RCMP Underway Recovery Team began a search of the lake bottom in the Refuge Bay area in the north end of Adams Lake and worked until nightfall before resuming the search Sunday morning.

Chase RCMP Sgt. Gary Heebner says volunteers with Shuswap Search and Rescue did a shore search and a water surface search Saturday afternoon, with no sign of the missing man.

“The story is that they were fishing,” Sgt. Heebner says. “They had been sitting around the campfire and they decided to go fishing.”

He says foul play is not suspected.

The B.C. Coroners Service has now taken over the investigation.

The victim’s name hasn't been released.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 1:23 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015 with new information from Chase RCMP.

— This story was updated at 6:48 a.m., May 4, 2015, after the body was found.

— This story was updated at 2:50 p.m., May 5, 2015, to correct nephew to grandson. 

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