Kitamaat Village Road Crash Kills 25-year-old Man
Kitimat RCMP say a 25-year-old local man was the lone occupant of a vehicle which plunged into Douglas Channel near Minette Bay Thursday morning.
The crash closed down the Kitamaat Village Road for several hours.
Constable Kurt Fink says the man was pronounced dead at the scene -- his name is not being released at this time.
Fink says it took the combined efforts of local vessel operators and several agencies to recover the vehicle, which had gone down a steep rocky embankment and ended up submerged in a tidal channel with the tide coming.
Those agencies include Snow Valley Marine, Northcoast Log Handling, Search-and-rescue volunteers from Kitimat and Terrace, and the fire departments of Kitimat and Haisla (see release below for full list) .
Fink also praised the victim's family members for remaining at a safe distance to allow emergency personnel to deal with the situation.
=== RCMP NEWS RELEASE ===
Fatality on Kitamaat Village Rd
Kitimat, Underwater Recovery Services, Collision Unit
2019-05-03 11:06 PDT
File # 2019-1104
Single vehicle incident on Kitamaat Village Road claims life of local man.
On Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 around 9:30 am, Kitimat RCMP received a 911 call stating that there had been a single motor vehicle incident which resulted in the vehicle coming to rest in the ocean near Minette Bay, Kitimat. At the time of the incident the number of occupants was unclear.
"I can confirm that at this time that it appears there was only one person involved in the incident". A 25year old, local male, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
"I have attended many motor vehicle incidents and I have rarely encountered such understanding that the family members had to be involved yet remain a safe distance from the scene and allow emergency personnel to do their job safely. I thank you."
"This was an extremely complicated call. It involved a steep rocky embankment, a vehicle submerged in a tidal channel where the tide was actively coming in and a narrow windy road with limited line of sight".
With the assistance of our partner agencies and local vessel operators, emergency crews were able to safely determine that there were no other occupants in the vehicle and have the vehicle extricated from the water.
Kitimat RCMP would like to acknowledge the hard work, willingness and professionalism from those who were involved. Snow Valley Marine, Northcoast Log Handling, Kitimat Search and Rescue, Terrace Swift Water Rescue, Kitimat Fire/EHS, Haisla Fire Department, Haisla Council, Pronto Towing, District of Kitimat Public Works, Minette Bay Marina, RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, RCMP Traffic Services(IRSU) and Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services(ICARS).
Kitimat RCMP also understand that losing a relative, friend and community member unexpectedly is not easy nor is assisting with a Critical Incident and those feeling the effects are encouraged to reach out and speak to family or friends. Kitimat RCMP Victim Services can also provide access to services and programs available to help someone cope with grief.
You can contact Kitimat Victim Services by phone at 250-632-7111 or email
Cst. Kurtis Fink
Media Relations Officer
888 Lahakas Blvd, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H9