Search for missing Trail man suspended

RCMP searching for presumed drowning victim in Little Wilson Lake

The search for a missing Trail man presumed drowned was suspended Monday evening.

An RCMP press release stated the RCMP underwater recovery team, RCMP helicopter and local Search and Resuce were unable to locate 32-year-old Michael Lorne Guthrie, the Trail resident reported missing and presumed drowned at Little Wilson Lake.

Sgt Darryl Little of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment said in the release that the underwater recovery team concentrated on the last known location where Guthrie was seen when the canoe he was in capsized.

Search and Rescue along with the helicopter conducted a thorough search of the shoreline, with no success. The RCMP are in the process of arranging to have sonar equipment brought to the scene for use by the divers. It is hopefull the search will resume in the next day or two. Monitoring of the shoreline will continue while they await arrival of the equipment.

Little Wilson is a high-altitude lake and described as approximately 63 acres in size with an average depth of 39 feet, however, there are spots over 80 feet in depth.

Due to it being located in the high-alpine it is very cold this time of year.