July 04, 2016 - 9:46 AM
PENTICTON - Penticton firefighters were called to Skaha Lake Sunday after receiving reports a man had disappeared in the water while paddle boarding.
Penticton Fire Chief Larry Watkinson says firefighters arrived at Sudbury Beach at around 1:50 p.m., Sunday, July 3, and went into the water, eventually locating a man believed to be in his mid thirties.
The department’s rescue boat was also launched.
The man was located approximately three metres below the water’s surface, within the swimming area just offshore.
Firefighters immediately began rescue procedures to try to revive the victim but were unsuccessful on scene. The victim was transported by B.C. Ambulance.
Watkinson says a rescue boat will eventually be permanently moored on Skaha Lake.
“It’s a really sad day, the guys did a heck of a job trying to revive the victim,” he says, “with a boat already on the lake, it will save us the time of having to launch a boat.”
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