Search and rescue efforts underway near Burns Lake

Search to continue in daylight for missing boater on Takysie Lake

In the past twenty-four hours, two separate searches in the Burns Lake area were undertaken following separate reports of two missing individuals.

The search for a male boater who went missing on or near Takysie Lake, approximately 50 kilometres south of Burns Lake, will enter its third day tomorrow.

An extensive search involving Burns Lake detachment RCMP, Burns Lake Search and Rescue (SAR), and SAR teams from Terrace and Vanderhoof began yesterday when a Prince George family member reported not hearing back from the man as expected.

RCMP report the search is made difficult because of a lack of detail surrounding where the man was when he went missing. The search includes ground and air personnel.

Family members of the missing man are present at the search site headquartered at the Takysie Lake Resort. To respect the family’s privacy in this very difficult time, further details are being withheld.

A second man, a well-known 74 year-old Burns Lake resident, was reported missing near Eagle Creek earlier this afternoon when he did not return from berry-picking at an expected time. A search began immediately in the Eagle Creek area, close to Burns Lake.

Local RCMP report the search involved Burns Lake detachment RCMP, Prince George RCMP police service dogs, Burns Lake and Bulkley Valley SAR, family, and local volunteers. A friend of the family hired a helicopter for the search.

The man was found late in the day and taken to Burns Lake general hospital were he was examined, treated, and released at approximately 9:30 p.m. He is reported to be in good condition.

The search for the missing boater on Takysie Lake will continue tomorrow morning in daylight.