Boat sinks at West Kelowna Yacht Club

Emergency crews are dealing with a hazardous material incident


A boat that slipped beneath the water Sunday afternoon was recovered that same evening by fire crews.

West Kelowna Fire Chief Jason Brolund said crews were called to reports that a boat that was tied up in Gellatly Bay had sunk under water.

“Our crews arrived to find that there was a small leak of fuel and oil,” said Brolund. “We worked with the regional hazmat team to place a boom around the boat and then use absorbent pads to try to contain the spill.”

West Kelowna RCMP worked to locate the owner of the boat who was then called and worked with crews to remove the boat and finish clean up.

“There was a very small amount of fuel and oil spilled and we felt that a large majority of it was absorbed by the measures the fire department and hazmat team took at the scene,” added Brolund.

“We’re happy the owner was able to retrieve the boat and stop any further leaking.”



Crews from the West Kelowna Fire Department as well as a hazardous materials crew are on the scene at the Westbank Yacht Club dealing with a boat that has sunk.

The boat sunk at the dock at the club boat launch and has leaked fuel and oil into Okanagan Lake.

The crews are working to put a containment boom around the oil slick while work is underway to have the boat lifted out of the lake.

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The emergency call was reported at 1:50 p.m.

The Capital News will update this story when more information is made available.

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