The body of a male victim of a Thursday landslide in B.C. has been found, but three more people are still unaccounted for. Authorities have announced that rescue attempts are over for the missing, CBC reports.
The B.C. Coroners Service is taking over the operation following the “reluctant” decision that “there was no longer any hope that anyone who had been caught in the slide could be found alive.” They will continue an effort to locate the bodies of three more missing people.
The landslide struck on Thursday in Johnsons Landing, a small community 450 km east of Vancouver. Four people went missing: Valentine Webber, 60; his two daughters Diana Webber, 22, and Rachel Webber, 17; and Petra Frehse, 64. The recover body is believed to belong to Mr. Valentine Webber.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has released a statement: “At times like these, it is difficult to give up hoping for a miracle. Communities and governments have provided every possible response to this disaster, and nature has conspired against us in many ways.”
In the days since the slide, dozens of rescue workers have searched the area under a steady rain.