Update: Lake Country woman’s body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Witnesses reported couple not wearing life jackets Sunday evening when canoe capsized near Lake Country.

RCMP are searching for a missing Lake Country woman after a canoe flipped in Okanagan Lake Sunday evening.

The body of a 57 year old Lake Country woman has been recovered from the bottom of Okanagan Lake as a result of a drowning that occurred on June 26  at approximately 7:29 p.m.

“The RCMP Dive team located the woman’s body approximately 35 m from where she was last seen.  The coroner’s service did attend the scene,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“Due to next of kin notifications and privacy for the family, the name of the woman will not be released at this time.”

June: 27, 2016

A canoeing incident on Sunday in Lake Country had an RCMP dive team searching Okanagan Lake for a missing 57-year-old female on Monday morning after reports of a capsized canoe in Okanagan Centre Sunday evening.

Lake Country RCMP received a report of a canoe that had capsized on Okanagan Lake near the 9300 block of Okanagan Centre Road, West, Lake Country on Sunday evening. According to police, two occupants in a canoe were approximately 100 feet off shore when their canoe tipped and both occupants entered the water. Witness reports stated that an older male and female were in the canoe when it capsized with only the male occupant surfacing. Police say no life jackets were seen on the couple and an extensive emergency search for the missing female was conducted by the Kelowna RCMP and Kelowna Fire Services on Sunday, however the search was called off due to nightfall.

The search for the missing 57 year old female resumed Monday morning at day break by the RCMP Dive Team.

The capsizing appears to be a tragic accident and no foul play is suspected at this time.  RCMP are reminding residents and tourists to always practice boat safety by wearing life jackets at all times when on the water.

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