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Central Okanagan regional district director awarded medal for Okanagan Lake rescue

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March 10, 2016 - 9:00 PM

CENTRAL OKANAGAN - No one can say this politician is in it only for himself.

Wayne Carson, director for Central Okanagan West, was awarded a silver medal from the Life Saving Society of B.C. this week for his part last August in rescuing two young girls in distress on Okanagan Lake.

The retired fire chief rescued two girls, aged 11 and 12, who had fallen out of an inflatable kayak just as the sun was going down.

Carson had heard the yells of family members near his home on Westside Road and rode out to the kayak drifting in the lake, only to find it empty.

He called 911 and immediately began a grid search on his Seadoo around the empty kayak, finding them drifting in the lake with their lifejackets about five minutes later.

At the time, Carson gave credit to the lifejackets, not himself, for the happy outcome.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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