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Bodies of three missing canoeists recovered from lake in southeast B.C.

Jule Wiltshire-Padfield, right, of New Denver, was dating Lily Harmer-Taylor, left. She couldn’t be revived after she was found unconscious in a partially submerged canoe on May 10, 2014. Wiltshire-Padfield and two others who were also in the canoe were missing. The bodies of three males were found in the lake on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

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The bodies of three males have been pulled from an icy lake in southeast B.C., almost three weeks after the friends vanished in a canoeing accidents.

RCMP Sergeant Darryl Little says the bodies were located in about 150 metres of water in Slocan Lake, near the community of New Denver.

He says an RCMP dive team, search and rescue officials and a U.S.-based company that uses side-scan radar participated in the recovery.

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The males were among a group of four who were out canoeing May 10 when their vessel flipped, tossing the occupants into the icy water.

Nineteen-year-old Lily Harmer-Taylor was found in the half-submerged canoe a short time after the accident but could not be revived, while 15-year-old Jule Wiltshire-Padfield, 19-year-old Skye Donnet and 21-year-old Hayden Kyle couldn't be found.

RCMP called off the search for the bodies after 10 days, but the some of the families hired the U.S. firm which spotted the bodies farther from shore where police hadn't searched.

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