Man still missing near Cherryville

The search for a missing man near Cherryville will resume on the weekend.

  • Aug. 19, 2011 1:00 p.m.

The search for a missing man near Cherryville will resume on the weekend.

It’s anticipated members of Vernon Search and Rescue will be at Monashee Creek Saturday to look for a 20-year-old man who fell down an embankment Aug. 13 and was swept away by the creek’s current.

“Our priority is the family,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager, of trying to find the man.

The man was hiking with Daniel Lovegrove, 21, of Peachland, one kilometre northwest of the Gold Panner Campground.

Lovegrove also fell down the bank and he died from his injuries.

Search and Rescue volunteers conducted a reconnaissance mission Thursday.

“They were going to figure out a better way into the area,” said Pearson.

“There are a couple of areas we have searched but we want to search them again. It’s challenging to get into because of the steepness and fast moving water so we’re looking for another way so we don’t have to use the ropes.”

This is the second time this year that Search and Rescue members have been focused on Monashee Creek.

In May, a 31-year-old Vernon man went missing in virtually the same part of Monashee Creek after he apparently went into the creek to retrieve his dog. He has not been located.