Midnight boat crash on Kal Lake

Kalamalka Lake.

VERNON - Two people were left with serious injuries following a midnight boat crash on Kalamalka Lake yesterday, July 9.

Two boats were heard heading out just before midnight and a short time later a resident called 9-1-1 when they thought they heard the boats collide.

RCMP quickly responded and located a boat owner able to take them on the lake.

Two personal water crafts collided and the four people involved were located. A 29-year-old man from Vernon suffered a broken pelvis and femur while a 24-year-old woman from Vernon received leg and spinal injuries. Both were taken to hospital.

The two other men involved were checked out by paramedics and left without any apparent injuries.

Both water crafts were recovered and seized for investigation.

“We are fortunate no lives were lost last evening,” RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says in a release.

July 19 to 25 is National Water Safety Week and water safety is a top priority for the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment. RCMP note the majority of collisions are caused by boat operators and not by mechanical or equipment failure, or environmental causes.

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

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