Search Continues As Police Issue Description of Missing Teen
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Search and Rescue is continuing a water search for a 15-year-old youth who disappeared late Friday afternoon while swimming on the Fraser River near the mouth of the Hudson Bay slough.
Prince George SAR Manager Dave Merritt says jet boats are being used again to search the 30-kilometre stretch from the slough down to Fort George Canyon. He says they may proceed further down river depending on fuel issues. Merritt also says an underwater camera is being employed with concentration on high probability areas. He says ground crews are on standby should they be needed.
Meantime Prince George RCMP confirm that two 15-year-old boys were swimming near the slough (Hudson’s Bay Wetland Nature Park) when one of the boys went underwater and failed to re-surface. The missing teen is described as:
156 cm (5 foot 5)
54 kg (120 lbs)
Short blonde hair
Last seen wearing blue jeans, gold and black running shoes and a black T-shirt.
Police are asking anyone who was near the slough or Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park on Friday afternoon who may have seen the boys to call the detachment at 250-561-3300.
Corporal Craig Douglass says the RCMP, in conjunction with Prince George Search and Rescue, will determine how long the search will continue. Dave Merritt says his team will review its search efforts later on today.