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12-year-old drowns in Osoyoos Lake

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August 18, 2015 - 9:20 AM

OSOYOOS - A 12-year-old girl died Monday in Osoyoos Lake, the second drowning of the year there.

The Calgary girl was camping with family at Haynes Point and was walking in shallow waters yesterday, Aug. 17, when several waves caused her to lose her footing and slip into deeper water, according to Cpl. Jason Bayda of Osoyoos RCMP.

The girl, who did not know how to swim, was not wearing a life jacket at the time and while her friend tried to hold her hand she slipped further into the deep water. She went under water and did not surface.

Bayda says ‘countless’ people on shore and local boaters all frantically searched the water and were later joined by RCMP and fire department members as well as three helicopters. About 40 minutes later a campground employee found the girl in about 10 feet of water.

She was transported to shore by police boat but did not survive.

A 34-year-old male from North Vancouver who fell off his Sea-Doo, and was not wearing a life jacket, drowned back in June, Bayda notes. His body was located Aug. 16.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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