Police say probe into fatal boating crash on Osoyoos Lake will be lengthy

Ryan Ellison, 35, who lived in Kamloops, but was originally from Maple Ridge, and Nick Trask, 36, from Maple Ridge, died after two boats collided on Osoyoos Lake on June 8

Two men killed in a boating accident on Osoyoos Lake last weekend, one of whom lived in Kamloops, have been identified by friends on social media, who are sharing memories of the two men.

Ryan Ellison, 35, who lived in Kamloops, but was originally from Maple Ridge, and Nick Trask, 36, from Maple Ridge, died after two boats collided on the lake last Saturday evening.

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The two longtime friends were reported missing following the collision. RCMP divers found and recovered the bodies at just after 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The boats sank quickly and three other people were taken to hospital — two in critical condition and one in stable condition, according to BC Emergency Health Services spokesperson Vincent Chou.

Osoyoos Fire Department Fire Chief Ryan McCaskill said the three people hospitalized were on the same boat.

The RCMP continue to investigate the crash.

Ryan Ellinson
Kamloops resident Ryan Ellison, 35, was one of two men killed in a June 8 boating crash on Osoyoos Lake. - Facebook

Osoyoos RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda told KTW there are still a lot of unknowns and said the investigation will be lengthy.

“It’s not much different than, say, a plane crash, but yet quite different from a road crash,” Bayda said. “When there’s a collision on the water, we don’t have skid marks to view and determine speed and things like that.”

Both boats have been removed from the water and are now being examined at a compound, Bayda said.

“We’ve got to take every little piece of evidence we can and put that together to come up with what happened here and we’re still in that process,” Bayda said, noting mechanical inspections are being done and witness interviews and surveillance video are being reviewed.

Police have a copy of one video of the crash that was show on television news, which somewhat indicates the boats were travelling at a 90-degree angle to each other, but evidence on the boats is not completely consistent with that, Bayda said.

“There’s a lot of stuff to do to determine the actual angles the boats were travelling at,” he said.

Bayda said officers had preliminary talks with the three people taken to hospital, but still have to conduct follow-up interviews.

Police don’t believe the parties involved knew each other.

A GoFundMe account has been created to help the family of Trask. It can be found by clicking here.

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