On August 1, 2018, at 12:56 PM, Lillooet RCMP was notified that a small float plane had crashed on Tyaughton Lake in Gold Bridge which is located about 100 km west of Lillooet.
According to witnesses, the plane plunged into the lake shortly after take off. Further calls to 911 advised that a number of witnesses to the crash were trying to rescue the plane occupants.
When police arrived, they confirmed that a 20 year-old male passenger was deceased. This man was a resident of Prince George.
The pilot of the plane, a 20 year-old Williams Lake man, survived and was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. This man managed to make it out of the wreckage on his own but was pulled from the water by nearby witnesses in the area.
Efforts are currently underway to recover a 3rd male passenger believed to be submerged in the capsized plane. The E Division Underwater Recovery Team is currently searching the area in an effort to locate him.
Lillooet RCMP along with the BC Coroners Service and the Transportation Safety Board are continuing their investigation. It is too early to speculate as to the cause of the crash.
No further information is available at this time