Tragedy in New Denver affects the West Kootenay

The vessel, with four young people aboard, apparently capsized, plunging the group into the chilly water.

No other word suffices when talking about the canoe mishap that occurred on Slocan Lake on the weekend.

The vessel, with four young people aboard, apparently capsized, plunging the group into the chilly water.

As we pen this editorial, one is dead and three others are still missing.

While search and rescue continue to survey the lake, the efforts are  looking more and more like a recovery mission.

Again, we say tragic.

The community of New Denver, where the boaters were from, is in shock. The families are dealing with unimaginable grief. The police and rescuers are grimly focussing on their jobs. Even reporters covering the story are impacted by the tragedy.

All are asking the same questions. Why did this happen? Could it have been avoided? Could more have been done? As usual in these situations, there are no easy answers.

Reports indicate the four were not wearing life jackets. But there is no way to know if life jackets would have helped them fight off the water’s icy grip.

Still, one wonders if floatation devices could have provided more time, allowing rescuers to find them.

In a world where we heavily advertise the dangers of drinking and driving, where seatbelt ads fill our TV screens and warnings about paying attention in everyday situations are everywhere, we have to ask ourselves: is the safety message getting through to our youth?

Maybe there is too much attention paid to road safety and not enough to boating. We can’t say for sure. And right now it matters little to the families.

All we can do is support them, offer help and our  prayers. Then we can go home and give our kids a hug.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sexual assault stories from treeplanting camps ‘shocking but not surprising’

Contractors’ association is working with trainers to create respectful culture

Boil water order lifted for Edgewood

Problem with water system has been solved

Trucking company fined $175K for Lemon Creek fuel spill

Decision handed down last Friday in Nelson court

Interior Health leading the way with innovative therapy for stroke patients

Percentage of ischemic stroke patients who received treatment has risen dramatically

Missing Nelson woman found dead

Police say there is no evidence of a crime in the death of Heather Gunderson

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Lawyer gets house arrest for possessing child porn

Maple Ridge resident gets nine-month term

Most Read