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UPDATED: Search fails to locate missing kayaker on Slocan River

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 5th, 2018

Teams from South Columbia, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Grand Forks Sar failed to locate the missing 56-year-old kayaker following Search and Rescue attempt Saturday on the Slocan River.

Dorothy Bojey has been missing since the evening of June 27th after she failed setting off down the Slocan River from the Village of Slocan.

Bojey was supposed to be picked up in the area of Perry Bridge.

“This was our 4th attempt to locate our missing person, due to the amount of river hazards and log jams it has made search efforts very difficult,” Nelson Search and Rescue Facebook page said.

“We had 20 members attend today, four swiftwater teams searched the river and all log jams and debris fields for several hours again today.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to locate our subject.”

Crews had use of a helicopter to move members and equipment in the field to help aid with our Search efforts.

“Thanks to all teams involved and your hard work again on this difficult task.”

Search to resume for missing kayaker on Slocan River

Nelson Search and Rescue will return to the Slocan River in an attempt to locate a missing kayker RCMP said Friday.

In a media release, Nakusp RCMP said police were first advised of the overdue kayaker on the evening of June 27th.

"The 56-year-old female had set off down the Slocan River from the Village of Slocan and was supposed to be picked up in the area of Perry’s Bridge," RCMP said.

"Search and Rescue were immediately activated and attended the area and commenced the search that evening. Search and Rescue used jet skis to search the river. The search for the kayaker continued the next day with their swift water team, ground teams as well as a helicopter. In the afternoon of June 29, 2018, Search and Rescue called off the search."

RCMP said numerous items belonging to the kayaker were located during the search, including the kayak.

Police said on July 5, 2018, the RCMP helicopter as well as a helicopter from Search and Rescue flew up and down the river and were not able to locate.

RCMP said it is important that everyone entering onto any body of water to be aware of the hazards and to take all safety precautions they can. This is including wearing life jackets, letting people know where you are going and what time you are expecting to return.

Search suspended for missing kayaker on Slocan River

A kayaker remains missing following a trip last week on the Slocan River.

Nelson Search and Rescue reported on its Facebook site that Regional Swiftwater Technicians were called out to search for a missing kayaker on the Slocan River (Thursday) June 28th. The Facebook site said Regional Swiftwater Technicians spent two days sweeping the river from air and ground looking for the kayaker.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to locate the subject and the search had to be postponed until further information is available,” the Facebook account said.

Volunteers from Search and Rescue crews from Castlegar, Rossland, South Columbia, Grand Forks, Kaslo and Nelson assisted in the search.

The Slocan River level remain high due to the spring runoff. No word on when the search will resume.

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