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RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service investigating West Kelowna drowning

West Kelowna emergency crews rush to scene of possible drowning
Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a possible drowning in West Kelowna on Thursday afternoon.

West Kelowna RCMP say they and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating a drowning that occurred on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, just before 1:45 p.m., emergency crews were called to the 2000 block of Boucherie Road for a drowning incident.

Police say the incident involved a 65-year-old man who was swimming in Okanagan Lake and failed to re-surface.

Emergency crews on the beach of Okanagan Lake.
Emergency crews on the beach of Okanagan Lake. Global News

“Witnesses on scene located and pulled the man from the water within minutes and immediately began CPR,” said police.

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“Emergency services arrived on scene and continued life-saving efforts, however the man could not be resuscitated.”

“Despite the best efforts of everyone involved and the heroic efforts of witnesses, the man passed away,” said Cst. Solana Paré.

“RCMP Victim Services are providing support to the witnesses, friends and family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the victim during this difficult time.”