CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) — The two children who died in an offroad accident east of Chilliwack on Sunday have been confirmed as a nine-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy.
They were with their parents and another child when the offroad vehicle they were in plunged more than 50 metres down an embankment and into Foley Lake.
Chilliwack RCMP Sgt. Krista Vrolyk said Monday that several people saw the vehicle enter the water, including one man driving a pontoon boat.
“He immediately went into action and actually ended up plunging into the water in an effort to save the family,” she said.
Other witnesses also helped out, added Vrolyk, thanking them all.
Two adults and a child survived the crash and are now recovering.
All five were wearing helmets, Vrolyk. said.
“The Chilliwack RCMP would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those involved in this unthinkable tragedy.”
The BC Coroners Service is investigating.
“There’s no indication there was anything criminal,” Vrolyk added.
The RCMP dive team was called in to search for the children Sunday afternoon. The initial investigation determined that a side-by-side-style off-road vehicle carrying a family of five lost control and became submerged in approximately three metres of water.
Chilliwack RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance and Air Ambulance, and Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department all responded initially to a report of an accident on the Foley Creek Forest Service Road just after 1 p.m.