by Dave Preston
One of three people rescued from a plane crash at Brenda Mine west of Peachland has died, bringing the death toll of the incident to two.
A Piper Comanche aircraft that had taken off from Penticton and was headed for Boundary Bay in the Lower Mainland crashed in a forested area a few kilometres off Hwy. 97C Monday afternoon.
Lauren Patricia Sewell, aged 24 of Surrey, was one of three people rescued from the crash scene. She did not survive.
Sewell was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital but was found to have suffered injuries in the crash that were not survivable, according to the BC Coroners Service. With the consent of her family, Sewell became an organ donor.
“The BC Coroners Service commends the family for the generosity of their decision in a time of immense grief,” said chief coroner Lisa Lapointe. “Despite the tragedy of their daughter’s death, they were able through organ donation to provide hope to as many as six other individuals and families. Though Ms. Sewell’s life has ended tragically and too soon, she has given an amazing gift to others.”
The aircraft was carrying four people. Jayson Dallas Wesley Smith, aged 30 from Vancouver, was discovered deceased by rescuers.
The BC Coroners Service and the Transportation Safety Board continue to investigate the incident.