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“It was terrible. I didn’t expect this at all,” he said, saying Sonam’s brother called him from Pakistan to tell him the news. “We couldn’t believe it at all. Once my wife came to know, she just fainted there. … This is a big, big trauma.”
He said he is remembering Sonam and Partab Oad as a couple who loved their family and had a tireless work ethic. He said his sister-in-law had a degree in commerce in and was working at a TD Bank. Her husband was trained as a doctor in Pakistan and had been working at a Best Buy at the Edmonton Airport.
Anoop was a talented student studying for a master’s degree in engineer at the University of Alberta.
Lachman Oad said he has never been to Crescent Falls but he has been to many waterways near Jasper and there is often no signage or barricades warning people about the undercurrent at the falls.
“Some people, newcomers … they don’t know the details, they don’t know the weather, they don’t know the water, they don’t know the currents … they’re not aware of the geography,” he said.
Several GoFundMe pages have been started to support the victims and their children. A fundraiser for the children with a goal $25,000 sat at $4,258 Thursday night. A separate campaign organized by the Pakistan Canada Association of Edmonton (PCAE), looking to raise $100,000 for the families, had raised $27,176.
Crescent Falls is approximately 322 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.