Harrison Lake. File photo.

Two young men, ages 16 and 24, drown at Harrison Lake

Bodies have been recovered by the RCMP dive team after report of drowning on Sunday

Two young men, ages 16 and 24, have drowned at Harrison Lake.

RCMP responded to a report of three people in distress at the lake on Sunday evening, police said in a release Monday.

One person, whose gender and age are not known, was pulled to safety by a civilian, but the two others were last seen about 70 feet from shore.

Police and the local search and rescue team tried to locate them, but to no avail. The search was suspended shortly after 9 p.m.

Their bodies were recovered the next day by the RCMP dive team.

“This tragic loss is a reminder for people of all ages to swim within their limits, use personal flotation devices, and use caution in the water,” police said.

Police did not release the victims’ names, but did say they were from the Lower Mainland.

It is not clear yet how any of the three people knew each other, but RCMP say they “may be related.”



laura.baziuk@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ballenas students help keep essential community services going

Club donates $1,000 to SOS Grateful Hearts campaign

Rebound recovery program helps more than 50 PQB businesses remain open

Nearly $90K in aid received through Oceanside Initiatives plan

Parksville-area family receives anonymous letters complaining children are being too loud

Letter said the noise of kids playing in the backyard is ‘unbearable’

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Don’t leave your hand sanitizer in the sun and other tips to stay COVID safe this summer

Being mindful of staying outside and keeping hand sanitizer, sunscreen out of the sun recommended

What exactly is ‘old growth’ B.C. forest, and how much is protected?

Forests minister Doug Donaldson doesn’t support ‘moratorium’

Most Read