Coroner identifies man who died in boat crash near Sicamous

Image Credit: Sicamous and District Chamber of Commerce

SICAMOUS – A man who died in a boat crash in Hungry Cove near Sicamous has been identified by the B.C. Coroners Service.

He was Darryl John Johnston, 50, of Calgary.

Johnson was reported missing August 16 following a boat crash. His body was pulled from Shuswap Lake near Sicamous by RCMP divers August 18.

The 45-foot boat crashed into a big rock in Hungry Cove at around 9:30 p.m. throwing the 50-year-old operator of the vessel into the water.

A second man, 45, was below decks when the crash happened and was able to get help from some passing house boaters that night. He was taken to hospital in Kelowna where he continues to recover from his injuries.

Two dogs on the boat were also rescued.

RCMP weren’t notified about the boat crash until Sunday morning and started a search immediately for the missing man. The police helicopter searched from above while the RCMP dive team looked under water.

Both the RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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