The search for a missing Trail man is on hold as RCMP await more equipment before continuing.
Sgt. Darryl Little of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment told the Trail Times on Wednesday, the RCMP is awaiting sonar equipment to aid in the search for 32-year-old Michael Guthrie of Trail.
“The sonar equipment is being tested and should arrive later in the week,” he said in an email reply.
Guthrie is presumed drowned at Little Wilson Lake near New Denver.
On Saturday, Slocan Lake RCMP attended the scene and spoke with two Trail men who were camping with Guthrie.
At that time, it was determined that Guthrie had been fishing with one of the men in the canoe, according to Nakusp/Slocan Lake RCMP Cpl. Ryan Fehr.
“The canoe capsized and both men entered the water; one was able to swim to shore (while) the other is presumed drowned,” he explained in a press release issued Sunday.
Little explained that serach and rescue crews are available but were not deplyed on Wednesday and no helicopter will be used at this point.
He added the search is concentrated on the lake based on accounts from the other boater who was in capsized canoe.
The sonar equipment required testing due to the conditions at Little Wilson Lake, which is described as a high-alpine location and very cold water at this time of year.
The lake is approximately 63 acres in size with an average depth of 39 feet, with areas over 80 feet in depth.