Marine incident on Seton Lake claims three lives

Lillooet, West Coast Marine Services

2021-06-28 09:50 PDT

File # 2021-985

A serious crash on Seton Lake, early Sunday morning, that claimed the lives of three persons is now being investigated by the Lillooet RCMP, in consultation with the RCMP West Coast Marine Services and the BC Coroners Service.

On June 27, 2021 just prior to 2 a.m., a beach goer called 9-1-1 to report that he had overheard a powerboat pass his location, which was followed by the sound of a loud bang. Hampered by the darkness, the civilian complainant estimated that the marine incident had been unfolding approximate 1 kilometer off shore of Seton Lake.

Lillooet RCMP called for the assistance of search and rescue who were gearing up to deploy at first light in order to determine the source of the audible bang.

A short time after 7 a.m., a civilian boater in the area located a partially capsized boat and observed deceased persons in the water nearby. With the assistance of the Seton Fire Department, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and search and rescue personnel the wreckage and three deceased individuals were recovered from the crash site.

The BC Coroners Service has been notified and has launched its own concurrent fact-finding investigation to determine how each of the deceased came to their unexpected deaths.

An identity of each of the deceased has been established by investigators. The families of the two men and one woman have been notified. Their identities will not be released publicly due to their privacy under the Coroner’s Act.

The investigation into this tragic incident is in its very early stages, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. Lillooet RCMP, with support from the RCMP West Coast Marine Section will be probing the circumstances that contributed to the fatal crash. The RCMP will share its findings with the BC Coroners Service who is carrying out its own investigation into the unexpected deaths of each of the deceased.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
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