Two bodies recovered following tragic ice fishing accident

By CFJC Today
April 12, 2017 - 5:00am Updated: April 13, 2017 - 12:00am

KAMLOOPS — The bodies of two fisherman who had been reported missing have been recovered from Red Lake near Kamloops.

The men, aged 61 and 66, ventured onto the lake Tuesday for some ice fishing and were reported overdue that night.

Kamloops RCMP say both bodies were recovered on Wednesday afternoon by an underwater recovery team.

Corp. Dan Moskaluk said an initial search of the area, assisted by the Kamloops Search and Rescue Team, was hampered by dangerous ice conditions.

KSAR Volunteer Search Master Alan Hobler says his crews used forward-looking infrared technology on its search drones, and found some areas of concern.

"We used the infrared. They did identify some locations where there was holes in the ice, as well as some hot spots that were up on the lake shore. We sent searchers and our flat ice rescue team to some of those locations," said Hobler.

The RCMP says the men’s families have been notified but their names have not yet been released.

The BC Coroners Service is investigating the deaths.

WATCH: Drone footage provided by Hummingbird Drones / KSAR

— With files from The Canadian Press

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