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62-year-old crash victim ejected into lake, saved by witnesses

The driver of this red CRV was ejected during a crash but was rescued by a group of witnesses Thursday, April 14.
Image Credit: Dave Ogilvy/ Global Okanagan
April 15, 2016 - 9:52 AM

PEACHLAND – A 62-year-old Kelowna man had to be rescued from Okanagan Lake after he was ejected from his vehicle during a single-vehicle crash in Peachland Thursday night.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. on April 14 West Kelowna RCMP were called to a crash on Highway 97 near Renfrew Road. Witnesses say a red Honda CRV travelling northbound on the highway lost control while exiting onto a pullout and went into the lake.

A media release from RCMP says several motorists stopped to assist the driver who was ejected from his vehicle in the cold water.

“The driver regained consciousness at the scene and was transported to hospital in stable, however serious condition. He remains in hospital at this time,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says. “The vehicle was secured in the water by emergency crews to prevent it from drifting away and slipping below the surface. The vehicle was eventually removed from the water and towed from the scene.”

RCMP continue to investigate this crash and ask that anyone who witnessed it and has not already spoken to police contact Const.  Leah Zimmerman of the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment at 250-768-2880.

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