The blasting of Findlay Creek

Drastic measures have been taken in the search for two men missing near Canal Flats for over a week

  • Jun. 19, 2013 4:00 p.m.

The families of two men whose truck was swept into Findlay Creek a week ago have put up money to speed up the operation.

According to Kimberley RCMP Sgt. Laurie Jalbert, the men’s families paid for a blasting permit that allowed some rocks to be blown out at the creek, revealing part of the submerged truck.

But she says heavy rainfall that was expected to continue this week is hampering the search for the bodies and that crews are waiting for another chance to lower a camera into the vehicle.

Twenty-one-year-old Stephen Thomson of Canal Flats, B.C., and 19-year-old Nicholas Hoefnagels of Carstairs, Alta., vanished June 9 while camping at Whitetail Lake.

Searchers later pinpointed an area where a vehicle had veered off a forest service road near the lake and crashed into the rushing waters of Findlay Creek.

With files from Canadian Press