Man believed drowned near Rosebery

Slocan Lake RCMP say a Trail area man is presumed drowned in Little Wilson Lake near Rosebery after his canoe capsized.

Slocan Lake RCMP say a Trail area man is presumed drowned in Little Wilson Lake near Rosebery after his canoe capsized.

Police say they got the call Saturday evening. They spoke with two men from Trail who had been camping with the victim, one of whom was fishing with him in a canoe.

The canoe capsized and both men entered the water. One was able to swim to shore while the other is presumed drowned. Neither was wearing a lifejacket, nor did they have any safety equipment.

The two other men drove down the road from their campsite and told a local resident who contacted police.

RCMP Cpl. Ryan Fehler told the Star they don’t know why the canoe capsized, but alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

A search began Saturday evening and continued all day Sunday with the help of an RCMP dive team. Search and rescue did a perimeter search and a police helicopter is being deployed today to fly over the lake.

“It’s not a big lake but it’s deep,” Fehler said. “The man who was in the boat with [the victim] identified the general area. They’ve brought him back up today to try and narrow it down for the dive team.”

The victim’s name and age is being withheld until he’s located.

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