The body recovered from the Incomappleax River on September 16 has been identified as Allan Ellsworth of West Kelowna.
Ellsworth, 53, was reported missing in the Beaton area south of Revelstoke in early August. For six-weeks after his disappearance friends, family, volunteers, and specialized search teams kept up an intensive and sustained search effort until he was found.
“As lifelong friends of Allan, we would like to acknowledge thank the following participants in the search for Allan and eventual sad recovery of his body. We are so grateful to be able to bring him home,” Christine Mitchell, a family friend and search coordinator wrote in a statement to the media. “Al was loved by many and made friends wherever he went. He was very kind, adventurous and an avid outdoorsman.”
Ellsworth loved history and exploring new areas of historical interest to him. His family and friends believe that passion for history is what brought him to the Beaton area. Ellsworth’s passions included exploring, fishing, quadding, skiing, camping, and photography.
“He loved telling stories with enthusiasm and big chuckles, and everyone loved to listen,” said Mitchell
Ellsworth was the chief operator at the Westside Wastewater Treatment plant where he had worked since 2011. He is remembered as being happy with his life and home in West Kelowna, especially since it was so close to his first love–the great outdoors.
He will be very dearly missed by his family and his many, many friends.
A very special and personal thank you for their ongoing support and dedication to continue the search for Al until he was recovered:
- Nakusp RCMP; Corporal Jamie Moffat and Constable Kerry Pisio.
- The Szabo family and friends, BC Hydro, and Allan’s family and friends
Thank you to the following people and businesses for their support during our search for Al
- Every donorto the ‘Search for Allan Ellsworth’ GoFundMe campaign that made it possible to bring renewed resources to the search, ultimately ensuring its success.
- Trout Lake Retreatwhich donated accommodations for searchers – including two rescue dogs
- Revelstoke Search and Rescue team for rafting the Fish River
- Galena Contractors of Nakusp for vehicle recovery from a treacherous area of Fish River – your expertise still amazes us!
- Skymatics Calgary for their drone imaging.
- Moe’s Rental & Marinaof Sicamous for providing searchers with a fantastic pontoon boat and a discount on its rental.
- Contractor Jamie Tippe for providing his side-scan sonar equipped boat and expertise and knowledge of various water conditions
- RCMP Aerial search team for doing regular flyovers of river and lake area.
- Calgary Search & Rescue team which provided a rescue boat equipped with side-scan sonar as well as two highly trained search dogs.
- Swift water Rescue Team organized by Nakusp RCMP who flew in and recovered Al and flew him home.
- Trout Lake BC Internet Society for setting up Wi-Fi service and equipment so we could communicate in a remote location.