Young girl remains on life support after incident at Rotary Lake

Rotary Lake in Dawson Creek remains closed after the incident last summer. Photo by Chris Newton

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP have confirmed a 12 year-old girl remains in hospital in the Vancouver after almost drowning at Rotary Lake in Dawson Creek Saturday night.

At approximately 6:20 pm, August 13, the RCMP received multiple calls about a possible drowning incident at the Rotary Lake located on Hwy 97 in Dawson Creek, BC.

Dawson Creek RCMP officers were first on the scene and immediately began lifesaving measures on the unconscious 12 year-old female victim, who had been recovered from the lake by other park goers. It was confirmed that the girl had been submerged for several minutes prior to being located. BCAS and Dawson Creek Fire rescue also attended and took over lifesaving efforts. The girl was transported to the Dawson Creek Hospital then flown to the Lower Mainland for further care.

As of Tuesday, the young girl remains in grave condition on life support with family at her side. Our thoughts and those of the community of Dawson Creek, are with her and her family, stated Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

The Dawson Creek RCMP is continuing their investigation into the incident. To date investigators have determined that there was a lake intake grate at the location which may have contributed to the girl remaining submerged at the time of the incident. Given this possible finding, the Dawson Creek RCMP requested that the lake be drained, in order to properly examine the lake bottom in addition to ensuring that there are no risks to public safety.

The Dawson Creek RCMP and RCMP Victim Services continues to provide support to the family who were present at the time of the incident.

No further information is available for release at this time. The family requests that the media and public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.