Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Canoeists still missing

NELSON, B.C.—A family friend says the woman who perished in a weekend boating accident in B.C., in which three others remained missing, was an optimistic person filled with life.
Dan Nicholson, a family friend, said Lily Harmer-Taylor was the 19-year-old woman who died after a canoe overturned in Slocan Lake, in southern B.C.’s West Kootenay region.

Police and local fire and rescue teams continued to sweep Slocan Lake for three male youths who also were in the canoe and remain missing.
Nicholson said he lent his canoe to the four, who were a group of close friends.
He said the group included Harmer-Taylor, Jule Wiltshire-Padfield, 15, and Hayden Kyle, 21—all from the town of New Denver—and Skye Donnet,18, originally from Gibsons on B.C.’s coast.
RCMP Sgt. Darryl Little said emergency crews were called out to Slocan Lake on Saturday, where they found an unconscious woman and rushed her to hospital.
She later died.
Meanwhile, a rescue operation continues amid calm weather for the three other occupants of the canoe.
Little said none of the youths appeared to be wearing life jackets, and that conditions were relatively calm when the boat overturned Saturday.

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