UPDATE 2: Body of 15-Year-Old Swimmer Recovered from Smoky River

Spirit River, Alberta – The body of a 15 year old swimmer missing since July 28, 2017 on the Smoky River has been recovered approximately 2 kilometres downstream from his last sighting.

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The RCMP would like to express condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them and the community of Spirit River during this difficult time.

The RCMP would like thank all those who contributed their efforts in the search.

The deceased’s name will not be released.

BACKGROUND:

August 1, 2017

Spirit River RCMP search for a missing swimmer in Smoky River *Update 1

Spirit River, Alberta- Search efforts continue along the Smoky River for a 15 year old male who was caught in an undercurrent and pulled below the water surface on July 28, 2017.

Spirit River RCMP were assisted by members of the E Division Underwater Recovery Team (URT) from British Columbia on July 31, 2017. URT members searched all probable areas using sonar and physical dives along the river. The URT has since concluded their search and river boat patrols will continue along the river between the scene and the Watino Bridge.

An update will be provided when new information becomes available.

July 30, 2017

Spirit River RCMP search for a missing swimmer in Smoky River

Spirit River, Alberta- On 2017-07-28 at approximately 2035 hours, Spirit River members were dispatched to the Smoky River, roughly 10 km downstream from the Watino Bridge. It was learned that a 15 yr old male was with a group swimming when he got caught in an undercurrent and was pulled below the water surface. Witnesses advise that the male came back up and drifted down river due to the current then went under again and was not seen after that. Members from Spirit River, McLennan, Peace River and Grande Prairie responded. S&R from Peace River and Eaglesham Fire also responded.

The search is ongoing today and a dive team has been called out to assist.

Spirit River RCMP


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