Rafting Accident on Clore River Claims Life of Terrace Man

John Crawford

A weekend rafting accident has claimed the life of a 41-year-old Terrace man.

Kitimat RCMP say they received an SOS  message from an In-reach Satellite communication device, alerting them that two men had been thrown into the Clore River, east of Terrace, Saturday afternoon. 

One man managed to swim to shore, and was later spotted by an aerial search team --  but the other man was swept away.

Terrace Search-and-Rescue spokesman Dave Jephson says both men were well equipped -- but tragedy still unfolded.

"Both these subjects had helmets on, good PFD's, had a good adequate raft -- it's just that this area is dangerous and something happened, the raft overturned and they were able to hold onto the raft for a couple of kilometres but at some point in time, the missing subject came loose from the raft and went downstream unfortunately," he said.

[PHOTO:  Clore River -- File Photo]

The missing man's body was located late yesterday morning, in a group of trees that lay in the river. 

Kitimat RCMP Constable Kurtis Fink is reminding people to check river conditions prior to going in the water and to wear the appropriate safety equipment -- and to have a safety plan in place and utilize satellite communication systems. 

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