Update (10:35 p.m.). . . RCMP confirmed late Sunday that the body of a 71-year-old woman was recovered from the Kettle River. An extensive search of the area failed to reveal the location of a missing man from Scotland.
by Dave Preston
Two seniors drowned and another is missing after a tubing accident on the Kettle River Saturday.
Reports are that a group of 13 people were out for a day of fun on the river when three were swept up in the current and plunged over a nearby waterfall.
A group of witnesses said the group was tubing near the Trest Bridge, west of Cascade Falls, according to RCMP Cpl. Dan Mosaluk.
Two men and 1 woman were swept over the waterfall.
“Witnesses were able to pull one male from the water below the falls,” said Moskaluk. “Immediate efforts by the witnesses to revive the man were unsuccessful.”
Moskaluk said the deceased man has been identified as a 74-year-old resident of Christina lake.
Search and rescue technicians located the body of the man’s 71-year-old wife. They were unable to recover her body from the river before nightfall.
Missing is a second man that went over the falls, a 50-year-old of Scottish nationality.
“The search continued until nightfall, with RCMP personnel and SAR technicians from Grand Forks Search and Rescue and the Christina Lake Fire Department,” said Moskaluk.
Rescue personnel were back at the scene Sunday morning to recover the body of the woman. An RCMP helicopter will assist searchers to try and locate the body of the missing man.
Moskaluk said RCMP is providing support for the families and has engaged the assistance of the Scotland embassy and consulate in notifying family members overseas.