Search Ends for Kayaker in B.C.

19-year-old Peter Thompson disappeared after waterfall

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Officials have identified the young kayaker who disappeared on the Cheakamus River in British Columbia on Friday as 19-year-old Peter Thompson. Thompson, of Canmore, Alberta, was paddling with friends when he went over an 18-foot waterfall and never reappeared. “It’s a really straightforward waterfall and he had run it twice before the day before that,” friend Chris McTaggart said. “It was just a complete freak accident he hit a rock and missed the stroke to get his bow in the air and he basically just submerged parallel to the waterfall and disappeared.” His paddle and lifejacket emerged downstream, but neither Thompson nor his boat were found. Thompson was the head coach for the Bow Valley Kayak Club and Alberta Whitewater Association.

Via Vancouver Sun