CHARLOTTETOWN - The owner of a golf club in Prince Edward Island testified at an appeal of his liquor licence Thursday that he has been left shaken by the death of a teenager attending a party at his facility last New Year's Eve.
Ozzie MacEachern broke down on the stand as he described how he felt after learning that his son's party in Clyde River had ended tragically.
MacEachern said he remembers trembling as people plunged long poles into deep snow at the Dog River Clubhouse as they searched for Kyle Bambrick, who disappeared the night before.
''I didn't like what the possible outcome of what this could be,'' he said. ''It probably was some form of shock because I couldn't stop shaking a it was rough.''
Bambrick, 18, of Charlottetown died after leaving the clubhouse early New Year's Day and headed out into a raging blizzard. His body was discovered three days later along the Clyde River shore.
MacEachern said he gave his 20-year-old son Adam permission to hold a New Year's Eve party in the clubhouse, but told him to make sure no one drove home drunk or damaged property.
The club owner said he first learned that Bambrick was missing at about the next evening. He said he called neighbours to tell them to contact as many people as possible to learn if anyone had seen Bambrick.
Investigators determined there were 15 violations of the Liquor Control Act during the party and issued a one-year suspension of its liquor licence.
MacEachern is fighting that suspension in the appeal hearing.