A Canadian school community is currently mourning the loss of a fellow student. Earlier this week, a University of Calgary basketball player died after a canoe accident in British Columbia. RCMP and the BC Corners Service are now investigating the incident.
On April 23, 2019, Cranbrook RCMP in British Columbia were called in response to a tragic boating incident. The accident took place at around 9 AM on Moyie Lake in BC. According to RCMP, they were called due to an overturned boat.
RCMP have since released a public statement saying that one of the occupants had made it to the shore following the capsized canoe. The second male was still missing when police arrived. Extensive patrols were made along the shoreline by the RCMP and Search and Rescue crews. Police dogs were able to locate items which belonged to the missing male. To aid in the aerial search, a drone was also used.
Police have since identified Andrew Milner, a University of Calgary basketball team member, as one of the individuals who fell into the lake after the boat capsized. Milner did not make it on shore.
After extensive searching, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team discovered the missing male deceased in the water. “Our thoughts are with the family of the young male who died. It’s an unfortunate reminder of how nature can change in an instant and result in tragic consequences,” says Cst Katie Forgeron.
According to a post by the University of Calgary, Milner played guard on the Dinos men’s basketball team. He was a Nova Scotia native that was studying kinesiology at the time.
“Andrew was an outstanding student and a national champion on the basketball floor, but most importantly he was a tremendous young man, and his loss will be felt deeply by all members of the Dinos community," said the university.
Due to the sudden loss, the university is offering grief counseling as well as other resources to fellow student-athletes.
Cranbrook RCMP are now working alongside the BC Coroners Service to continue the investigation. As of now, a large number of comments and public thoughts have been sent out to the university as well as Milner’s family.
This tragic death follows shortly behind the discovery of two bodies in a popular BC lake. These two bodies were found just weeks apart after washing up on the shorelines of Okanagan Lake.