Plane crash at Thomas Lake, all occupants safe
2021-06-29 12:06 PDT
File # 2021-13062
Maple Ridge, B.C. – In a joint effort, Ridge Meadows RCMP and several multi-jurisdictional agencies responded to a plane crash in Golden Ears Park yesterday, rescuing three people.
On Monday, June 28, at around 9:15 AM, police received a report that a float-plane, with three occupants, was overturned in the water of Thomas Lake approximately 25 kilometres North of Alouette lake within the Golden Ears Park boundary. Initial reports indicated that the pilot was attempting a water landing when the plane flipped. The three occupants safely made it out of the plane and were sitting on the pontoon in the water.
Thomas Lake is in a remote area and only accessible by air. BC Air ambulance responded, hovering nearby to provide assistance, while the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) based in Esquimalt, BC, quickly activated rescue procedures and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Search and Rescue technicians conducted a successful rescue operation. All three occupants of the plane received minor injuries but were transported to hospital as a precaution.
Sergeant Amanda Harnett states,
To watch our BC EHS and Canadian Armed Force’s quick response time and actions on this incident has been very inspiring and our hats are off to them. This is a fantastic example of how our Provincial multi-jurisdictional agencies all work together and, at the end of the day, we had a successful rescue operation and we are very glad this incident did not turn out much worse.
The early police investigation suggests impaired operation is not a factor and there is no indication of a criminal offence.
Environment Canada is engaged and Ridge Meadows RCMP will continue to liaise with the Transportation Safety Board in their investigation.
Sgt. Amanda Harnett
Ridge Meadows RCMP
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