On Thursday June 20, 2019 shortly after 11:00 PM, Revelstoke RCMP were alerted to witnesses reporting a boat had capsized in the Columbia River, East of the Blanket Creek Campground, which is located approximately 20km South of Revelstoke, BC.
RCMP attended the Campground and learned that two adult males, both from Alberta, had capsized and could be heard calling for help. Both males had been wearing respective life jackets and making their way to shore when they got separated. One male was able to reach the east shore and fortunately was able to use his cell phone, providing accurate GPS Coordinates.
Search and Rescue from Revelstoke and Golden along with Revelstoke RCMP were deployed using air, land, and water rescue and located the male on the shoreline where he was air-lifted to Queen Victoria Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Unfortunately, the other male remains missing at this time. He is described as a Caucasian male, 35 years of age, approximately 220 lbs, last seen wearing shorts, a green coat with a black and yellow life jacket.
The small aluminum boat with an outboard motor was located, partially submerged, further south of the campground along the west shoreline.
Air, land and water search is currently on-going. The water is described as cold and rough, and consistent with the conditions as initially reported late Thursday evening. The rough water is believed to have contributed to the boat being capsized.
-Cpl. Thomas Blakney Revelstoke Detachment