Missing woman search halted

THE KITIMAT RCMP, Kitimat Search and Rescue and Terrace Search and Rescue have done all they can for now in the search for the woman who went missing after a canoe tipped on the Kitimat River, say police.

“At this point we have searched as much as we can using all of the available manpower and technology,” said Sergeant Brendan McKenna of the Kitimat RCMP July 24.

“Until the river level drops we’re not able to do anything further than what we’ve done.”

The search began after RCMP received the call of an overturned canoe on the Kitimat River shortly before two o’clock on July 21.

The incident occurred very close to where the Nalabila Creek enters the main river.

There were four people in the boat, a husband and wife with their child and another child belonging to a friend of the family.

“The water there is quite turbulent,” explained McKenna.

He said that the canoe overturned completely putting everyone into the water.

While the husband and the two children were able to grab hold of a downed tree the woman, 47, was only able to hold onto the canoe until she lost her grip.

“After that they lost sight of her,” added McKenna.

A helicopter will be used this week to survey the area gain.

Ground crews will also return once the level of the river drops.

However, there appears to be no hope that she will be found alive.

“[We] have not been successful in locating the remains of this woman so at this point we’re quite sure that she’s drowned so it’s not a rescue operation anymore, it’s a recovery operation,” said McKenna.

Terrace search and rescue crews do have the aid of a sophisticated sonar device but it wasn’t used last week because of the turbulence in the river at the time the woman went missing.

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