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Busy long weekend for Penticton police

Police responded to an incident where approximately 70 people tied together on floaties found themselves in trouble after getting entangled at the Green Mountain Road bridge on the long weekend.
May 24, 2016 - 6:30 PM

PENTICTON - Although no serious incidents were reported, Penticton RCMP nonetheless had a busy long weekend.

Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says the detachment received 153 calls for service between Friday, May 20 and Monday, May 23.

Wrigglesworth reports many of the city’s bars were full Friday night and, as you might expect, a number of intoxicated persons occupied the detachment’s jail cells overnight.

Other activities include:

  • Police attended a campsite on Fish Lake Road to break up a campers’ fight on Saturday, May 21.
  • A Dodge pickup, stolen out of Grande Cache, was also recovered Saturday.
  • Police attended four motor vehicle collisions and several mischief calls.
  • On Sunday afternoon, police responded to the Green Mountain Road bridge on the Okanagan River Channel for reports of a possible drowning. Approximately 70 people had tied 20 floaties together and were drifting down the channel when the flotilla hit the bridge pillars and became entangled. Eventually all participants were accounted for.
  • A fight broke out at the beach fire pit at Power Street and Lakeshore Drive on Sunday night. Numerous people reported being hit by bear spray, but declined assistance while one man was taken to hospital to be treated for extreme intoxication.
  • Police and firefighters responded to a pine tree ablaze behind Penticton Walmart on Monday afternoon at approximately 5:15 p.m. Two men were observed in the vicinity on surveillance video. The fire is being treated as suspicious and is under investigation.

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