The underwater search for the missing boaters continues

Mounties and Revelstoke Search & Rescue personnel assisted by BC Hydro and Western Pacific Enterprises employees continue to search for the two men who disappeared on Kinbasket Lake last week.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said the families of Allen healy, 60, of Osoyoos and Mike Murphy, 55, of Mission have also helped search “a vast area of water and shore line without any sign” of the men or their 12-foot aluminum boat.

“The operation is in recovery mode as the initial incident occurred over one week ago,” he said in a statement released Tuesday, July 15.

“The Ralston and Associates Underwater Recovery team continues to be actively searching the lake at depths of up to 600 feet. The Ralstons utilize Side Scan Sonar to map the lake bottom and a Remote Operation Vehicle to obtain visual information. This operation commenced on Friday, July 11. Over the four days of operation the lake bottom has been partially mapped and contains heavily forested and rocky terrain. This type of lake bottom provides great difficulty for the team. The sonar device has been caught up in these flooded trees at depths of 500 feet. The Ralstons persist to locate the bodies of the two males as well as the boat.

Operations continue with the support of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.