Two people were injured in a two-boat crash on the South Thompson River on Saturday afternoon — a collision that had witnesses fearing fatalities.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Brian O’Callaghan said the collision occurred at 3:30 p.m. on the river, just east of the Pioneer Park boat launch.
O’Callaghan said preliminary investigation found that an eastbound ski boat was travelling slowly when a jet boat approached quickly from behind.
The driver of the jet boat lost control and crashed into the ski boat.
Two passengers on the ski boat — a male and female were sitting on the lower back deck of the vessel at the time of the collision and were injured.
“Initially, the injuries to one of the passengers was believed to be serious,” O’Callaghan said. “Police conducted a preliminary investigation and seized the vessels for mechanical and to conduct further investigation of the vessels.”
Police said alcohol was not a factor with either of the operators of the boats.
“According to witness accounts, it was remarkable that no one was seriously injured or killed,” O’Callaghan said.
Emergency personnel response was quick due to the fact Kamloops RCMP and Kamloops Fire Rescue had boats on the river to monitor the Float the River event, which saw about two-dozen people take part in a float from Valleyview to Riverside Park.
O’Callaghan said the investigation is on-going, with recommended charges, if any, yet to be determined.
Witnesses to the collision are asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.