Slocan Lake from Bonanza Beach.

UPDATE: Search for missing Trail man suspended

The search for Michael Lorne Guthrie, 32, a Trail resident presumed drowned at Little Wilson Lake, was suspended last evening.

The search for Michael Lorne Guthrie, 32, a Trail resident reported missing and presumed drowned at Little Wilson Lake in the Slocan, was suspended last evening.

Police were called Saturday evening to the lake near Rosebery after a canoe capsized and two men, who had been camping in the area, entered the water. One was able to swim to shore while Guthrie was not. He is presumed drowned.

Search began on Saturday but the RCMP underwater recovery team, RCMP helicopter and local Search and Rescue were unable to locate the missing man.

The underwater recovery team concentrated on the location where Guthrie was seen when the canoe he was in capsized. Search and Rescue, along with the helicopter, conducted a thorough search of the shoreline, with no success.

The RCMP is arranging to have sonar equipment brought to the scene for use by the divers. It is hopeful the search will resume in the next day or two. Monitoring of the shoreline will continue while they await arrival of the equipment.

Little Wilson is a high-altitude lake and described as approximately 63 acres in size with an average depth of 39 feet, however, there are spots over 80 feet in depth. Due to it being located in the high alpine it is very cold this time of year.

 

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