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Skutz Falls drowning victim identified as Duncan's Harvey William Sandrel
The B.C. Coroners Service has identified last week’s Skutz Falls drowning victim as 84-year-old Harvey William Sandrel of Duncan.
Lake Cowichan Cpl. Larry Olson also confirmed the search for the 67-year-old missing woman following the Aug. 20 incident has been called off.
Search crews, including Cowichan Search and Rescue’s ground team members, the RCMP dive team, an RCMP search dog, and the RCMP chopper based out of Comox, were out in full force for two days following the recovery of the body of Sandrel who witnesses saw fly fishing with a 67-year-old woman earlier in the day.
She has yet to be located.
The B.C. Coroners Service attended the scene and engaged an investigation into the death.
There are no indications of foul play.
“Information from other people in the area indicates the deceased was with a woman earlier in the day.
“He was seen fishing from the shoreline, and she was in a small inflatable boat on the water nearby,” said Sgt. Wes Olsen in a press release last week.
“An inflatable raft has been located, overturned in the water at the base of the fish ladder.”
“We strongly believe her to be in the water,” he said. “If someone was on foot, or on water, we’d anticipate they would have seen the helicopter overhead.