The RCMP dive team has recovered the body of a 73-year-old man from Mirror Lake who was reported missing on Sunday after and presumed drowned.
Just after noon on Monday, the dive team located the body the small lake just south of Kaslo.
“The male was in approximately 45 feet of water, close to where he was last seen,” stated Sgt. Darryl Little of the RCMP’s Kootenay Boundary regional detachment. “Locating the male proved more difficult than expected as the bottom of the lake is covered in a significant layer of mud. The male’s body had sunken about 2 feet into the mud making him difficult to see.”
The RCMP are still attempting to locate the next of kin, so no name is being released at this time. Foul play is not suspected and the case will be turned over to the BC Coroners Service.
The incident occurred just after 1 p.m. on Sunday with Kaslo RCMP and BC Ambulance responding to the call.
Witnesses observed the male on the dock/dive platform. The man dove into the lake swam around for a short period of time, estimated at three to five minutes. Police say witnesses reported that a faint call for help was heard and the elderly male was observed to be in distress.
Two witnesses rendered assistance to the male, but were unable to reach him before he had gone under the water. The man failed to resurface.