Elderly man rescued after driving into Okanagan Lake

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UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. April 1, 2013

An eldery man is now recovering at the Kelowna General Hospital after driving his vehicle into Okanagan Lake.  West Kelowna RCMP were able to rescue the man from his car, with the assistance of the Peachland Fire Rescue and bystanders at the scene.

The 87-year-old motorist has suffered only minor injuries.

RCMP received the report at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon when a car had strayed off the road and right into Okanagan Lake, near the intersection of Renfrew Road and Highway 97.  Police say the incident was not caused by a medical complication, and are continuing to investigate.

12:57 p.m. April 1, 2013

RCMP and emergency response crews attended an accident in Peachland today, April 1, to rescue a driver out of a car that drove off the road into Okanagan Lake.

The vehicle went off the road and into the water just off Highway 97 near Renfrew Road. As emergency crews rushed to the scene, motorists stopped to help the occupant(s) and direct traffic.

The water at that point along the highway is shallow. Traffic in the area was reported to be backed up as crews worked to free the man.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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