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Golden Ears Park Missing Teens: Body Pulled From Creek

05/10/2013 08:31 EDT | Updated 07/10/2013 05:12 EDT
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. - A body has been recovered from a creek in a park east of Vancouver where two young men from the Lower Mainland disappeared while swimming, says an RCMP sergeant.

Ridge Meadows RCMP Sgt. Dale Somerville said the 19-year-old residents from Surrey, B.C., and Delta, B.C., were with friends in the lower falls area of Gold Creek in Golden Ears Provincial Park on Friday.

He said they were swept away in the fast-flowing current, which had been swollen by the spring snow melt.

"At this point in time we’re not really saying anything about identification until next-of-kin is notified," said Somerville. "At this point in time the second outstanding male hasn’t been found and we’re still searching."

Somerville said the area is a very popular swimming hole in the summer but has turned dangerous because the recent hot weather has melted snowpacks, resulting in significant run-off.

In fact, the rapidly-moving water made conditions dangerous for searchers who have been combing the creek's banks.

"The swimming area has got a significant current, and there was some human error," said Somerville. "According to the group of friends that were with them, they said they slipped and were taken away by the current."

Somerville said an RCMP helicopter spotted the body in the creek's lower falls.

Police believe the body of the second man is submerged, he said, and a dive team will assess the area Saturday.

(News1130/CKNW)