A small float plane has crashed just north of Pemberton, B.C. RCMP say the crash happened just before 1 p.m. on Tyaughton Lake.
One person is dead, one remains missing and a third has been rescued and taken to hospital after a small float plane crashed on Tyaughton Lake, 100 kilometers west of Lillooet. The lake is about 100 kilometers west of Lillooet.
BC Emergency Health Services (BC EHS) said one person was also airlifted from the scene of the crash to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
The RCMP E division Underwater Recovery Team is on its way to assist in the search for the missing person.
Mounties said the crash was reported just before 1 p.m. Police said calls to 911 suggest that multiple people in nearby boats were trying to rescue the plane’s occupants.
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The Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) said the plane was found “crashed and partially submerged in water,” and that it had deployed a Cormorant helicopter and Buffalo aircraft from the Canadian Forces Base Comox to respond.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said the survivor had serious injuries but they were not believed to life threatening.
An RCMP dive team was on its way to join the search Wednesday evening.
Linteau says she could not release information about the identities of the plane occupants as their families had yet to be notified of the crash, nor say where the plane was flying to or from.
“Our focus is currently on advising the families of those involved,” said Linteau in a statement.
The JRCC said local volunteer firefighters were also deployed to assist.