May 19, 2014 8:55 pm

B.C. teens killed after vehicle plunges into lake during prom party

WATCH (above): Two young people have died after their car plunged into a lake near Prince George. As Tanya Beja reports, investigators are now trying to determine what led to the tragedy.

Global News has confirmed the identities of two teens who died after a vehicle plunged into a B.C. lake during a prom party this weekend.

Kendall Moore and Craig Wood were high school students in Prince George, friends have confirmed.

According to posts on social media, the students were attending a party in a rural area by the lake following a school prom Friday night.

GALLERY: Kendall Moore and Craig Wood 


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Police say the vehicle went into Kwitzil Lake, also known as Gravel Pit Lake, at around 4 a.m. Saturday during a large party attended by hundreds of people.

According to posts on social media, several people rushed into the lake trying to save Moore and Wood, but were unable to.

“I was standing away and I [saw] every one run over there and when I got there people were jumping in the lake trying to save them but the car sank too fast,” Kayla Dahl wrote in a Facebook comment.

Prince George Search and Rescue located the vehicle Sunday and an underwater recovery team pulled the bodies out of the vehicle.

Tributes for the two victims poured in on social media as people in the Prince George community found out about the deaths.

“Rest In Peace friend, we had just found each other after years of silence shortly before this, and we were instantly close again… I didn’t know Craig but from what I gather he was a great kid… and to all the people who jumped in, you’re more than heroes and don’t let a damn soul try and convince you otherwise. And don’t tell yourself you’re less than that…I wish I was there to help,” Cole Johnson wrote on Facebook.

Karli May Lafon wrote to Moore, “you were an amazing girl, a best friend to many people, someone we could all count on to bring a smile to our faces, a gorgeous girl with a very sweet heart.”

D.P. Todd Secondary School, where Moore attended Grade 12, tweeted Sunday that there would be support on campus Tuesday.

The lake is located on the south side of Highway 16, around 42 kilometres west of Prince George.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300.

The incident comes just days after four other young people were involved in a canoe accident on another B.C. lake.

A young woman died and three others are still missing and presumed drowned after a canoeing accident on Slocan Lake last week.

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