• Thursday , 1 December 2022

Okanagan Lake diver presumed drowned: RCMP

William Bennett Bridge. (Flickr)

Jake Courtepatte

A 52-year old man who went missing on May 15 in Okanagan Lake is now presumed to have drowned.

The search continued into Monday morning for the man, who was taking part in some recreational diving near the William Bennett Bridge. A 911 call came in at approximately 2:50p.m. on Saturday.

West Kelowna RCMP, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Kelowna Fire and Rescue, and members of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were all on scene in the rescue attempt. Earlier this week, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and COSAR were at the location attempting to locate the man’s body.

“For the safety of our divers and the entire search team, we request that boaters remain away from the area while we complete our search,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “At this time, searchers are unable to estimate how long this operation will be ongoing.”

Criminality is not suspected in the incident. The BC Coroners Service has been notified.

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