Legacy Water Search group ready to help in Slocan Lake search

Members of the Langley-based Legacy Water Search and Recovery Society are ready to help search for three young men presumed drowned in Slocan Lake, located in the West Kootenay region.

Society president Scott Lebus said they have been in contact with the families and are ready to go if needed.

The three men have been missing since their canoe was found last Saturday. A woman was found in the canoe, but died several hours later.

“We have been contacted by the families and are standing by. We are using the time to gather gear and volunteers,” said Lebus.

The society has been fundraising and has its big “For The Boys” golf tournament taking place Sunday, May 25 at Newlands Golf Course. They have received sizable donations from Langley Kinsmen and Langley Minor Hockey and others that have helped them purchase equipment, including a remote controlled submarine.

The society was formed after Langley teens Brendan Wilson and Austin Kingsborough drowned in Nicola Lake near Meritt last April.

The RCMP Dive Team tried for days to find the boys but to no avail. The equipment the police have is limited.

The families called on Gene and Sandy Ralston, a couple from Idaho who volunteer their time to recover drowning victims using special sonar scanning equipment.

After Wilson’s and Kingsborough’s bodies were recovered by the Ralstons, the society was formed by Lebus, a family friend of the Wilsons, and other family members and friends.

The goal is to provide support to the families going through a water tragedy, and bring closure.

The group is still in need of the side scan sonar that can scan the sea floor.

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