Police and fire crews pluck four from Okangan Lake when boat sinks

The RCMP says the boat was seen doing 'donuts" on the lake before it started taking on water.

On Sunday, just after 9 p.m., the RCMP says a West Kelowna man called them to say he was looking at an orange and white boat that was mostly submerged in Okanagan Lake approximately 300 metres off shore near Kalamoir Park in West Kelowna.

The caller said he could also see four people in the water.

Both the West Kelowna Fire Department rescue boat and the RCMP boat were sent out, and with aid of a Jetski operator, police officers assisted the stricken boat passengers until the fire department boat arrived on scene arrived to take the occupants, three male and one female, on board.

The boaters were taken to the Kelowna Yacht Club to be examined by Paramedics before being released.

Police say the boat was seen to be doing “donuts” on the lake prior to it taking on water and sinking. Transport Canada has been advised.

The boat occupants ranged in age from  30-years-old to their early 40s. All are Kelowna residents.

The RCMP is reminding boaters to be wear approved life jackets or at least  have them easily accessible in the case of an emergency.

Boaters are also being advised to avoid unsafe operation of vessels as that could lead to a loss of control of the vessel.