Body of drowning victim in Sproat Lake located

Port Alberni

2023-11-13 17:41 PST

File # PA23-12167

A missing person who was presumed drowned in Sproat Lake in Port Alberni was located on Monday, November 13.

On November 11, 2023 just before 1:30 p.m., Port Alberni RCMP attended Sproat Lake for a report of a missing 17-year-old male, after a canoe with three persons on board had capsized and sank. Two individuals, both 16 years old, tread water for approximately one hour before being rescued by other boaters.

An extensive search for the outstanding teenager was conducted by marine and land-based Search and Rescue Units, RCMP Air Services, RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and community members.

On November 13 at 5 p.m., the body of the missing youth was located and recovered, submerged in approximately 120 feet of water from the last location where he was seen treading water after the canoe capsized. The BC Coroners Service attended the scene.

The youth’s identity has been verified by his family, and his death is not considered criminal in nature.

No further information will be released out of respect for the family.

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