Search continues for missing fire chief

By Vanessa Ybarra
May 6, 2017 - 8:45am Updated: May 6, 2017 - 1:35pm

CACHE CREEK, B.C. — The search for a missing Fire Chief continues in Cache Creek.

Clayton Cassidy went out early Friday morning to check the levels of Cache Creek that were reported to be flooding.

Corporal Dan Moskaluk of Southeast District RCMP say the last contact anyone made with Cassidy was around 3 a.m. and he hasn't been seen since.

There are fears he may have been swept away by the fast-flowing creek.

Kamloops Fire Rescue, Kamloops RCMP search teams and Kamloops Search and Rescue spent most of Friday scouring Cache Creek and surrounding areas in search of  Cassidy, with more than 30 volunteers also helping.

The search was temporarily put on hold late Friday night, with crews resuming their efforts early Saturday morning. 

"We remain cautiously optimistic that Clayton will be found alive, although hope is fading for that," said Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta. "It's just a tragedy of epic proportions for the village of Cache Creek to have somebody like Clayton Cassidy missing." 

Cassidy is well-known in the community of Cache Creek, receiving a Medal of Good Citizenship in 2016 for his work during the devastating May 2015 flood in the village.




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