April 25, 2014 2:55 pm

Sailor unprepared for Okanagan storm

COSAR dispatched rescuers onto the "Sheila Sweatman" Thursday night to rescue a boat and sailor on Okanagan Lake.

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WEST KELOWNA, B.C. – It turns out a rescue on Okanagan Lake was prompted by a missing persons report because a sailor’s communication equipment wasn’t working.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) were called out at 11 P.M. Thursday by West Kelowna RCMP for help finding a missing sailor and his 36′ sailboat.

The sailor was said to have left the Shelter Bay Marina at 11 A.M. and had not been heard from since.

COSAR responded with six searchers and a rescue boat. They located the boat within a half hour and towed the boat into the Shelter Bay Marina.

The sailor and his boat were found to be in good shape. The man had attempted a call for help after getting caught up in a storm, but his cell phone was not charged and the marine radio was not operational.

Rescuers remind everyone to take the time and ensure boat equipment is working before heading out on body of water and that safety equipment including radio, flashlight and flares are on hand for an emergency.

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