A very sad outcome. Our thoughts are with his friends and family, fellow campers, staff and volunteers up at Malibu club and those who helped on this tragic search.
From the Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Facebook page:
Early Friday evening, RCMP divers in the Malibu Rapids on the Sunshine Coast recovered the body of the young man who fell into the water near that location two days earlier. The 16 year-old male slipped and fell into the water on Wednesday afternoon, and had been the subject of an extensive search.
The RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team, working in conjunction with West Coast Marine Services, used a remotely operated underwater vehicle equipped with Sonar to search the area around the Malibu Rapids. After making the discovery with Sonar, the team had to wait for slack tide at the narrows before recovering the body late in the day. The BC Coroner’s Service was notified and also attended the area.
“This is a very sad outcome to this search,” said Cst Harrison Mohr with Sunshine Coast RCMP. “Our hearts go out to this young man’s family, friends, and fellow campers. This is the news no one was wanting to hear. At the same time, we truly hope that this will help his family to find some closure and to move a little bit closer to having peace in their lives again.”
Sunshine Coast RCMP would like to thank everyone who assisted in this complex search, which was made especially challenging by the isolated location and changing conditions.