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Harrison Lake claims life of a young Fort Langley server

Beatniks Bistro is mourning loss of Lyndsay on its Facebook page
A memorial has been set up at Beatniks Bistro in Fort Langley after one of the restaurant’s young servers drowned in Harrison Lake on Friday. She is the third person to drown in the glacier-fed lake this summer.

A young Lower Mainland woman has drowned in Harrison Lake.

The woman, in her 20s, drowned on Friday, Aug. 7. She worked as a waitress at Beatniks Bistro in Fort Langley.

A post, put up on Saturday on Beatniks Bistro’s Facebook page, said staff are in shock and are grieving to have lost Lyndsay.

“Tonight we are grieving the unexpected and tragic loss of one of our lovely young servers — someone we all loved very much,” the post reads.

A memorial with Lyndsay’s picture and flowers has been set up at Beatniks.

There have been three drowning there this summer with RCMP searching for a possible fourth drowning victim on Aug. 11.

Family and friends of the two young men who drowned there earlier this summer have made an online video, warning of the dangerous of the icy cold water, and sudden winds that kick up on the popular lake.

The pair drowned when they were swimming and their inflatable raft blew away from them.

B.C. Coroner’s Service would only confirm that a young woman from the Lower Mainland had drowned on Friday, Aug. 7, but had not officially released the victim’s name by The Times’ press deadline.

“She had been seen swimming and then was found non-responsive in Harrison Lake,” said B.C. Coroner’s Service’s Barb McLintock.

Losing three, possibly four young people to drowning at Harrison Lake this summer has been heart-wrenching, but it is unusual, said McLintock.

“We keep track of drownings and in the last seven years, there have been less than five at Harrison Lake,” she said.

“In that same time period, Okanagan Lake had 21 drownings.”

Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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