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Wood Lake victim identified

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The Salmon Arm woman who was killed when her car plunged into Wood Lake on Dec. 19 has been identified.
The B.C. Coroners Service revealed Friday the victim was Elly Collins, 59.
Collins was the lone occupant of a Jeep heading north on Highway 97. She lost control of the vehicle on a slippery curve. It went up and over a concrete barrier, struck a tree and crashed into the water a short distance from shore.

Two Mounties and several civilians raced into the water to try to pull Collins out of the Jeep. One police officer dove underwater, but was unable to extricate her, said RCMP Const. Kris Clark.

"She was wedged in. The seatbelt was not letting them get her out."

Motorists attached ropes and chains to the vehicle and extended them to a commercial truck, but the effort failed.

She was was underwater for 20 minutes before police and civilians managed to get her out. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The Coroners Service and RCMP are still investigating.

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