An RCMP marine rescue crew was called out to assist some sailboats on Sunday morning. -Image: Contributed

High winds cause havoc for sailors

Kelowna Fire Department assists boats with broken masts on Okanagan Lake

An emergency crew responded to the call of two sailboats in distress with broken masts Sunday morning on Okanagan Lake.

The Kelowna Fire Department sent out a Marine Rescue boat and assisted crafts on separate occasions—at 10:30 amd 1:15 p.m.

In both cases, emergency personnel helped removed people from the boats and transported them to safety, while the boats were towed to shore.

Winds as high as 43 km/h and choppy waters have made for challenging sailing conditions today on the lake.

No other details are available at this time.

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