Girl dies in Okanagan Lake accident

Ten-year-old Edmonton girl killed when personal water craft struck by a boat.

A boating accident on Okanagan Lake Friday night has taken the life of a 10-year-old Edmonton girl.

According to the RCMP, the accident occurred around 8 p.m. when a boat that was traveling north about one kilometre from shore, one to two kilometres south of Cook Road, stuck a personal water craft.

Police say the two people on board the boat saw what they though was another, unoccupied personal water craft and decided to have a closer look. When the boat turned to investigate, it struck another personal water craft carrying two people, one of whom was the girl who died. The other rider, believed to be her 18-year-old brother, was taken to Kelowna General Hospital, with non life-threatening head and upper body injuries. Neither the identity of the dead girl nor the other rider was released as of Monday morning.

The personal water craft that the the pair were riding sustained significant damage but the boat had only minor damage, said West Kelowna RCMP.

Alcohol and speed are not believed to have been factors in the accident, said investigators.

Police are continuing to investigate and anyone who saw the collision is asked to call the West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2889 or CrimeStoppers.

Kelowna Capital News