The Kootenay Boundary Detachment of the RCMP has released the name of the man who drowned near Pass Creek Road on Saturday. The deceased is Edward Poznikoff from Crescent Valley.
Poznikoff’s body was found on Sunday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. in Goose Creek near Pass Creek Road.
Poznikoff was most likely swept away by the raging river after going to check the water levels and flooding on and around his property at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.
“There’s a strong likelihood he was swept away,” said Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel, RCMP Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment. “It’s possible he lost his footing and fell in. He could have been on the bridge when it gave way. We will likely never know.”
The deceased’s brother went outside about 30 minutes later to find the bridge washed out and no sign of the subject. The occurrence was reported to Nelson RCMP at 7:34 p.m. through the assistance of a neighbour.
Nelson Search and Rescue were immediately activated and attended the scene. The Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment Police Dog Service also attended along with the following agencies: Crescent Valley Fire Dept., Beasley Fire Dept., Tarry’s Fire Dept., and Nelson Rural RCMP.
Search efforts were conducted but were limited due to the weather conditions as well as the rapid water flow and high water levels.
The RCMP cautions residents, pet owners and hikers to avoid flooded areas and fast running streams and rivers. Until current conditions improve – area residents with pets should place them on leash and have the animals under close supervision around these waterways.