While the bodies of two missing kayakers have been recovered from the waters of Lake Okanagan over the past few weeks, a third tragic death in the waters occurred this past weekend.
Prior to 1 a.m. on August 17, emergency crews responded to a 911 emergency call about a drowning incident at Okanagan Lake’s Gellaty Bay.
A 15-year-old male had reportedly jumped into the waters of the lake from the Ferry Wharf recreational structure but he did not resurface.
First responders located the youth and pulled him from the water on to the wharf, where they immediately began CPR.
He was rushed to hospital by B.C. Emergency Health Services.
Despite all efforts, the teen could not be resuscitated and he died in hospital.
The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating the sudden death. No further information is being released by the RCMP or the B.C. Coroners Service due to the Coroners Act.
Kelowna RCMP also announced on August 17 that a body recovered from the depths of Okanagan Lake on August 10 has been identified as 71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz, who had been reported missing on May 17 while kayaking.
Prior to that, RCMP announced on July 31 that a body found on the Okanagan Lake shoreline on July 20 was identified as 41-year-old Colin Palmer of Penticton, who had gone missing while kayaking on July 15.