A woman has been missing since driving her vehicle into the Similkameen River near Keremeos Friday (June 4) morning, (Ryan Van Veen/Flickr)

A woman has been missing since driving her vehicle into the Similkameen River near Keremeos Friday (June 4) morning, (Ryan Van Veen/Flickr)

Police, rescue crews on day 2 of search for woman who drove into river near Keremeos

An associate of Amy Sabean, 43, witnessed her being swept away in the Ashnola River

The search for a woman who is believed to have been swept away down the rushing Ashnola River near Keremeos is continuing Saturday (June 5).

Regional search and rescue teams from Penticton, Princeton, Hope, Vernon, Kelowna and Nicola Valley are all involved in the search along with Keremeos RCMP, RCMP Air 4 and Keremeos Highway Patrol. Border agencies have also been notified.

The search began after a woman drove off the road and into a fast moving river Friday (June 4) near Keremeos just after 11 a.m.

Police believe Amy Sabean, 43, was swept away by turbulent water in the Ashnola River and disappeared.

According to RCMP, Sabean was driving a white Chevrolet Blazer around 10:45 a.m. Friday morning and was being followed by an associate in a separate vehicle. While travelling along Ashnola Road, at approximately the 4-5 kilometre marker towards Keremeos, the man witnessed Sabean drive off the roadway and into the water. When she tried to get out of her vehicle she was carried away by the river.

Search and rescue was immediately deployed, along with RCMP Air 4 and several members of Keremeos Highway Patrol. Border agencies have also been advised since the search area is close to U.S.A. border.

The vehicle is stuck in the river and the rushing waters appear to be hampering efforts of removing it.

Police say no suspicious activity is suspected.

Police ask that anyone who has seen Sabean or has any information contact them immediately at (250) 499-5511.

RELATED: Keremeos RCMP searching for boat theft witnesses



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