SAR crews debrief after rescuing two adults and a child from a boat crash on Harrison Lake. (Dave Harder/Contributed)

Two taken to hospital after midnight boat crash on Harrison Lake

RCMP and SAR teams were called out to Echo Island over the long weekend

Two adults were seriously injured after their boat crashed into Echo Island on Harrison Lake late Sunday night.

The Kent-Harrison Search and Rescue and RCMP were called before midnight on Sunday, Aug. 4, after residents at a cottage near Echo Island her someone screaming for help.

The Harrison Osprey and the Shearwater arrived at the southwest shore of Echo Island to find debris from a boat that had crashed into the cliff face at speed. A man, woman and young child had been in the boat during the crash; the two adults were seriously injured, although the child was not.

RCMP took the child and brought her to an ambulance in Harrison. KHSAR loaded the two adults into the rescue boat and took them to the public boat launch in Harrison, where they were taken to hospital by ambulance.

According to a KHSAR press release “the situation would have been much worse had it not been for a very small rock outcrop at the base of the cliff” which allowed two of the three people to get out of the water.

KHSAR also reminded all boaters to be aware of their surroundings on the water, particularly if boating at night.



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

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