UPDATED: Vehicle of Clearwater couple recovered from Thompson River
Clearwater RCMP, Search and Rescue and the RCMP underwater recovery team have located and recovered the vehicle belonging to a Clearwater couple whose vehicle lost control on Highway 5 on their way home then crashed into the North Thompson River.
The collision occurred on Sunday (December 9) at approximately 7 p.m., when members of the Southeast District RCMP Traffic Services and the Clearwater RCMP responded to a report of a single vehicle crash, at ‘Wolf’s Corner’ approximately 17 kilometers south of Clearwater, BC.
The RCMP Underwater Recovery Team have located the vehicle and driver, Skye Buck, but his wife Courtney Buck, is still missing, said Constable Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.
Search efforts will continue throughout the day along the North Thompson River, however, the search process has been challenging due to winter weather conditions.”
Skye and Courtney Buck were local Clearwater school teachers, prominent and well known members of the Clearwater community. Grievance Counselors and Victim Services have been brought in to assist with staff and students with the Clearwater High School and Elementary Schools, where the BUCK’s were teachers.
RCMP Victim Services are available for grief counseling and emotional support to assist the community at this tragic time. For more information please contact Victim Services at the Clearwater RCMP Detachment at (250) 674-2237.
Clearwater mourns loss of two teachers
The tiny town of Clearwater is in mourning after two teachers died after their car apparently skidded off Highway 5 north of Kamloops and plunged into the North Thompson River Sunday night.
RCMP said Skye Tavis Buck, 30, and his pregnant wife Courtney Elizabeth Buck, 30, are both missing and presumed dead.
The couple apparently lost control of their vehicle on the icy highway and skidded down a 30-metre embankment, striking a tree before disappearing into the river.
Attempts to find the vehicle late Sunday proved unsuccessful and dive teams and search and rescue teams resumed the search on Monday.
The vehicle has not yet been located.
The pair taught at Clearwater Secondary School and at Raft River Elementary School.
It’s believed Courtney Buck was seven or eight months pregnant.