Missing hiker presumed drowned in Seymour River
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Missing 24-year-old hiker Andrew Wilson is presumed to have drowned in the Seymour River on Monday after a police search and rescue team failed to find any trace of the missing man.
An extensive ground and air search of the area by the Chase RCMP and Salmon Arm Search and Rescue team all day Tuesday found no sign of Wilson and searchers concluded that Wilson had probably drowned after he was swept away by the river’s powerful current.
The search started Monday afternoon shortly after Wilson entered the river to cool off during a hike, and was reported being swept away by its current. Aerial and ground searches resumed Tuesday and were conducted all day along the banks of the Seymour River and forest area down to its mouth where it empties into Shuswap Lake with no sign of Wilson.
An RCMP dive team was called off an underwater search due to the river’s fast and dangerous current along the entire course of the waterway.
Chase RC MP informed Wilson’s family of their negative findings and pro9miosed that as the water levels recede, periodic aerial searches of the area will be conducted in the hope of finding and recovering Wilson’s body.