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High-vis safety vests displayed to honour victims of Kelowna crane collapse

A high visibility vest is seen hung outside a Central Okanagan home to honour the victims of the construction crane collapse in Kelowna that killed five men.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Liseanne Doiron
July 14, 2021 - 12:07 PM

Residents are honouring the five men who died when a crane collapsed in downtown Kelowna this week by hanging high-visibility safety vests and jackets outside of their homes.

People started posting online, sharing photos of the brightly-coloured jackets hanging outside after a crane collapsed Monday, July 12, causing five deaths and the evacuation of area residents and businesses.

Five bouquets of flowers have been hung on a fence at the site of the collapse as a memorial for the men who died.

Five flower bouquets have been hung on a fence at the site of a crane collapse in downtown Kelowna that claimed five lives, July 14, 2021.
Five flower bouquets have been hung on a fence at the site of a crane collapse in downtown Kelowna that claimed five lives, July 14, 2021.

An online fundraiser has been started for the families of workers who died in the crash, including brothers Eric and Patrick Stemmer, Jared Zook and Cailen Vilness.

READ MORE: Online fundraisers underway for families of men killed in Kelowna crane collapse

The GoFundMe post for Vilness said he was 23, and described him as a "prince of a man." The OK Corral Cabaret, a Kelowna country bar, also posted on Instagram that Vilness was part of the bar's security team. 

The body of the fifth victim was recovered late last night, July 13.

The Kelowna area man is believed to have been working in an adjacent building when the crane went down, burying him in under the rubble. The RCMP did not release his identity.

WorkSafeBC, the B.C. Coroners Service and the Kelowna RCMP are continuing their concurrent investigations into this incident today, July 14.

READ MORE: Fifth body recovered from rubble of Kelowna crane collapse


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