Two bodies recovered after three people swept away in creek near Campbell River


WATCH: A Campbell River neighbourhood is in shock after a tragic accident claimed the lives of a father and daughter. A third person was also involved in the accident but was rescued from a fast-flowing creek. Dean Stoltz has latest.

Two bodies have been recovered after three people on a family outing in an all-terrain vehicle were swept away while crossing a creek near Campbell River.

Late Monday morning, search and rescue crews found the body of the second person who was reported missing after the ATV accident.

A second body has been recovered after an ATV accident near Campbell River.

A second body has been recovered after an ATV accident near Campbell River.

People in the area heard screams and pulled one female from Woods Creek on Sunday, and Paul Berry with Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue said a search was launched for two others, a male and female.

The Canadian Coast Guard looks for two missing people near Stories Beach on Jan. 21. Credit: Facebook

Berry said the body of one person was found just before search efforts were called off Sunday night and there was extreme concern for the person who was still missing. The search had started at around 1 p.m. on Sunday.

READ MORE: Search for two missing people in Campbell River suspended

?We always remain hopeful that we can find someone alive but because of the high flows of water and the cooler temperatures, we prepare our teams that it could potentially be a recovery,? Berry said earlier on Monday.

The accident happened at what is normally a ?pretty benign? section of Woods Creek where the trio had frequently crossed before, he said.

?Because of the amount of rain and snow the previous night, the creek was raging.?

Approximately 35 search and rescue members, along with RCMP and crews from the Campbell River and Oyster River fire departments took part in Sunday’s search.  Berry said swift water rescue teams from Comox and Campbell River resumed the search on Monday.

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Saturday’s heavy rain also led to a landslide that damaged one home in Campbell River and briefly trapped two people in a house. 

The two seniors were rescued without injuries. Four homes in the area of the mudslide are under an evacuation order until experts can confirm the stability of the bank.

The City of Campbell River said it could be several days before an assessment of the slope is complete. Emergency social services is working to find the residents shelter and relocate livestock.

With files from the Canadian Press 

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