On the 23rd of June 2014 at 3:38 p.m the RCMP Slocan Detachment and West Kootenay Traffic Services responded to a report of a vehicle in the Slocan River. On attendance investigation revealed a lone occupant driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup had lost control of his vehicle and went into the Slocan River.
With the assistance of the Winlaw, Beasley, Passmore Fire Departments and Search and Rescue the vehicle was secured in the fast flowing river. An excavator was used in order to remove the vehicle and debris. A local 63 year old Winlaw male was located in the vehicle and was deceased.
Possible causal factor for this crash is a medical condition.
The RCMP would like to thank the dedication of the local fire department and Kevin Sutherland Contracting for their assistance in recovering the truck and deceased.
The BC Coroner Service and West Kootenay Traffic Services are continuing to investigate this crash.