Search con­tin­ues for fire chief who may have been swept away

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

CACHE CREEK, B.C. — Hope is fad­ing in the search for a miss­ing Bri­tish Columbia fire chief feared to have been swept away in swollen creek has re­sumed, the com­mu­nity’s mayor said.

Clay­ton Cas­sidy of Cache Creek in B.C.’s In­te­rior dis­ap­peared early Fri­day morn­ing, RCMP said.

He was last known to be check­ing creek flow lev­els at a camp­ground east of the vil­lage as snowmelt and rain was caus­ing floods in the re­gion. Mayor John Ranta said Satur­day there is still no sign of Cas­sidy “but we re­main cau­tiously op­ti­mistic that he will be found alive, al­though hope is fad­ing for that.’’

Search and res­cue crews from Kam­loops, Ver­non, Pem­ber­ton and Ashcroft have been in­volved in the ef­fort to lo­cate the 59-year-old fire chief. Wa­ters were still mov­ing very fast Satur­day and where wa­ter has re­ceded, branches, mud and de­bris have been left be­hind.

Heavy ma­chines have been brought in to re­move piles of bro­ken wood from the front of the fire hall.

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