Clearwater, BC – On May 11, 2018 at 8:57 PM, Clearwater RCMP received a 911 call from a 36-year-old Regina man reporting that his 31-year-old girlfriend, Kristi Lavallee also from Regina, had just fallen into the Mad River near Highway 5 north of Vavenby, British Columbia and been swept away in the fast flowing current.
Clearwater RCMP, Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance and Victim Services all responded. Patrols and searches along the riverbank, from the location where the female was last seen to the railroad bridge over the North Thompson River approximately 2 kilometres to the south, were conducted but were not successful in locating the woman. An RCMP helicopter was also dispatched to aid in the search with negative results so far. Aerial searches are continuing however ground searches at this time are too treacherous due to the rivers flowing rapidly and at capacity .
“Initial reports indicate that the woman was on the lower portion of the old Highway 5 trestle bridge when she slipped and fell into the Mad River running below,” says Sgt Grant Simpson, Clearwater RCMP Detachment Commander. “Due to the extreme currents of the river there is the possibility that she could have been swept into the North Thompson River. We are continuing our search and ask anyone in the area who may see something in the river or along the banks to contact the RCMP immediately.”
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