Duck race cancelled, but draw will be made

THE ROTARY Duck Race is cancelled but there still will be a winner from all the entries.

  • Mon Aug 6th, 2012 8:00am
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THE ROTARY Duck Race is cancelled but there still will be a winner from all the entries.

It was decided to cancel the race after a man went missing in the Skeena River yesterday and the organizers decided to cancel it out of respect for the man’s family as he still hasn’t been found, says Terrace Search and Rescue member Dave Jephson.

“It’s cancelled but what they’re going to do at 1 p.m. is put all the ducks in a barrel and grab one duck out of the barrel. That way they can still do the draw,” says Jephson.

Terrace RCMP reported this morning that police had been called at 7:38 p.m. Sunday evening and were told Alvin Clayton of Greenville had been jumping into the river with friends when he did not surface.

A rescue boat from search and rescue searched until dark and resumed searching this morning, police said.

Police note that while water levels have dropped in recent weeks, the river still running very fast with strong undertows, said police.

Jephson said search and rescue were using sonar and their underwater camera to look for the man.

The camera has about one foot of visilibity at the bottom of the river, he added.

The duck race draw will take place on the bridge.