On June 8, 2019, Daniel Pond went canoeing on Smoothstone Lake and did not return. His canoe was found submerged in the middle of the lake by a local fisherman. Attempts via search and rescue teams on land and dive teams in the water have so far been unfruitful. Patrols using sonar and drones were also unsuccessful in locating Daniel.
The Pond family is exploring the option of hiring a private search and rescue dive team in order to find Daniel and bring him home. The Lloydminster Rescue Squad has agreed to take on this task and will head out to Smoothstone Lake this coming week. All they have asked for is their expenses to be covered.
Daniel's friends and family miss and love him a great deal and locating him would bring a great deal of closure.
Thank you for your generosity, love and support.
A bit about me, and the distribution of funds from Gofundme:
I was one of Dan’s closest friends, and am a close friend of Dan’s family. I moved to Calgary 5 years ago from Hong Kong and was welcomed in to the Pond family during some of the hardest times in my life.
The funds from this Gofundme are to be used in a number of ways:
1. Donations to the rescue teams that helped in the search and recovery of Dan’s body,
2. Paid invoice portion of search and rescue services,
3. Funeral services costs,
4. A memorial bench for Daniel (more to be announced soon),
5. Legal documentation relating to Dan’s estate
After talking to the Pond family today, the money will be withdrawn by myself and transferred directly to the Pond family to be used and distributed as mentioned above.