Kamloops man among two people killed in boating accident
A Kamloops man was one of two people killed in a boating accident on Osoyoos Lake on the weekend.
Osoyoos RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda said a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man from Maple Ridge died after two boats collided on the lake on Saturday evening.
Bayda said the two men were reported missing following the collision. RCMP divers found and recovered the bodies at just after 7 p.m. on Sunday.
“The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake,” Bayda said. “The investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.”
Osoyoos RCMP is being assisted by RCMP marine analysts who specialize in investigating marine collisions.
The two boats sank quickly, with three people taken to hospital — two in critical condition and one in stable condition, according to BC Emergency Health Services spokesperson Vincent Chou.
Five ambulances responded to the call at 7:14 p.m. on Saturday, Chou said. Witnesses say ambulances responded to a beach area on the west side of Osoyoos Lake, off of Magnolia Place near Oleander Drive.
The Osoyoos Fire Department responded to help RCMP and BC Ambulance. Fire Chief Ryan McCaskill said the three people hospitalized were on the same boat. No passengers from the second boat were taken to hospital.
The Osoyoos RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the boats prior to the collision, or anyone who may have security cameras or other video recording devices that overlook the lake, to call 250-495-7236.