Osoyoos man believed to be drowned near Revelstoke
Revelstoke RCMP now believes that two men missing from a fishing trip last Monday have drowned, including Allen Healy, 60, of Osoyoos.
The other man is Mike Murphy, 55, from Mission.
The two men were working on the Mica Dam, about 135 kilometres from Revelstoke and were fishing from a 12-foot aluminum boat on Kinbasket Lake.
They did not return when they were expected to on Monday, July 7 and the matter was reported to Revelstoke RCMP at 11:45 p.m. that night.
Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky of Revelstoke RCMP said the search continues, but it is being treated as a recovery operation.
“We’re almost into 90 hours since they were last seen,” said Grabinsky on Friday. “They were on the water. The boat is missing. The two gentlemen are missing. There have been some things like a boat seat has washed ashore, a cooler bag and some sandals, which leads us all to believe that the gentlemen are in the water.”
The items have been confirmed to belong to the boat and the men, Grabinsky said.
Family members were continuing to search the area for the two men.
Members of Murphy’s family were at the scene searching on their own accord, he added.
“The RCMP continues to be actively searching by boat on the water only and our underwater recovery team leader is in the area assessing the situation for a possible dive as well as a private search and recovery team with a side scan sonar device and a remote operation vehicle are present.”
Revelstoke RCMP said Friday they have searched the area by foot, boat and helicopter along with B.C. Hydro and Western Pacific Enterprises employees.
Over 150 square kilometres of water and shoreline have been searched without any sign of the boat or the men.
Grabinksy said the RCMP, SAR and BC Hydro had boats on the lake when the search began and that an RCMP helicopter was also aiding with the search.
The men left the Mica boat ramp to go fishing last Monday around 6:30 p.m.
Concern was raised when their truck was seen parked at the boat ramp at nightfall.
When they weren’t in their rooms at night, the RCMP was notified and a search was initiated.
“The information we have is the boat proceeded almost west from that boat launch and hasn’t been seen since,” said Grabinsky. “We have a rough direction but no specific location. It’s a big huge, reservoir.”
Police considered bringing in a dive team, but due to the depth of the water, vastness and lack of a confirmed location, had to reconsider, said Grabinsky.
Police also considered bringing in a specialized search team like the one used to search for the drowned teenagers on Slocan Lake in May.
The Kinbasket Reservoir is more than 200 metres deep near the Mica Dam. It stretches from Mica, 150 kilometres north of Revelstoke, almost to Valemount in the north and also extends south towards Golden.