Body of woman swept away in southern B.C.'s Ashnola River recovered

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RCMP in the Keremeos area are searching for a woman who drove into the Similkameen River on Friday morning. (CBC - image credit)
RCMP in the Keremeos area are searching for a woman who drove into the Similkameen River on Friday morning. (CBC - image credit)

The body of a 43-year-old woman who was swept away in the fast-moving waters of southern B.C.'s Ashnola River on Friday morning, has been recovered according to RCMP.

RCMP says Amy Sabean was driving a white Chevrolet Blazer along Ashnola Road near Keremeos at about 10:45 a.m. when an associate who was in a separate vehicle behind her saw her suddenly drive off the roadway and into the river.

When Sabean tried to get out of the vehicle, she was swept away.

Search and rescue crews, Keremeos highway patrol, RCMP and an RCMP aircraft were all involved in the search.

They were able to locate the woman and recover her body on Saturday.

During their search, police alerted agents at the border, as the search area was close to the U.S.

RCMP say they don't know why Sabean drove into the water, but that is part of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to called police.