Bodies recovered in search of Roadford Lake near Okehampton

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Thursday 9th June 2022 6:52 pm
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POLICE have located and recovered the bodies of two people during a large-scale search of Roadford Lake, near Okehampton, after a boat capsized on Wednesday, June 8.

A major operation using specialist equipment and resources in and over the water, on land, and with drones has continued today, Thursday, June 9.

The families of two people who had been unaccounted for following the incident have been informed of the development. They are being supported by specially-trained officers.

Formal identification is yet to take place.

Chief Superintendent Dan Evans said: “This is an extremely distressing incident and our thoughts are with all of those involved and their loved ones, who we are working closely with to offer help and support wherever we can.

“Every effort has been made to locate the two people who remained unaccounted for as fast as possible.

“Tragically, we can confirm that the bodies of two people were located and recovered this afternoon.

“Our priority is to support their families.”

A large-scale response from emergency services was launched at around 1.30pm on Wednesday.

Police, fire and ambulance services, the air ambulance, HM Coastguard and search and rescue teams all attended the scene.

Two people were removed from the water and taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

One person has since been discharged and one person remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Two other people were removed from the water and checked by ambulance teams before being discharged at the scene.

All those travelling on the boat were adults and believed to be local to Devon.

No other boats were involved in the incident.

The South West Lakes Trust, which runs the activity centre, said on its website that the lake had been closed for the day.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has opened an investigation into the “capsize of a motor vessel on Roadford Lake in Devon”.

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