The B.C. Coroner’s Service has issued a warning for anyone planning to take to the water: the warning comes as the B.C. Day long weekend approaches and after a series of drownings in the Okanagan this summer.
Last weekend alone, the Coroner’s Service began investigations into eight drownings in the province, a number it calls very high.
In the Okanagan, authorities have been called in to investigate several drownings.
They include a tragedy back in May when a 43-year-old man visiting the Okanagan drowned while fishing at the Headwaters Resort in Peachland.
Last month, a 39-year-old man died in West Kelowna. The man was playing with his dog by a log boom when he slipped and fell into the water.
On Wednesday, Mounties in Lake Country pulled the body of a 73-year-old man visiting from Oregon. He drowned while paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake.
Two other drownings in the Okanagan this summer include a 32-year-old woman who fell out of her paddleboat on Gallagher’s Lake in July and just last week, a 12-year-old girl visiting from 70 Mile House drowned while swimming in Skaha Lake.