April 18, 2016 - 2:04 PM
SUMMERLAND – A man thrown from an ATV into a Summerland area creek on the weekend may have drowned and the search has been suspended.
Until the water levels in Trout Creek subside, the search for David Shackleton, 33, of Peachland has been suspended for approximately a week, according to RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
The search will resume as soon as water levels subside enough to allow searchers safe access to the creek, as well as to increase the possibility of locating Shackleton, who is believed to have drowned, Moskaluk says.
The search began just after 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, after reports of a quad flipping on a bridge over Trout Creek at the 15 kilometre mark of the Princeton Summerland Road west of Summerland.
Shackleton was thrown into the creek and swept away.
A search Saturday night by the RCMP, a police dog unit, a RCMP helicopter and Penticton Search and Rescue volunteers came up empty handed, and resumed Sunday morning with the addition of more search and rescue technicians from throughout the region.
A RCMP collision analyst is part of the investigation into the ATV crash. The driver of the quad has been released from police custody and hasn't been charged.
Penticton Seach and Rescue volunteers were part of the initial search until it was suspended due to the fast flow creek.
Image Credit: Global Okanagan (with permission)
— This story was updated at 8:28 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 to include new information from the RCMP.
— This story was updated at 12:34 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 to say the search has been suspended.
— This story was updated at 1:45 p.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 to identify the victim.
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