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Man who went missing while diving in Okanagan Lake presumed drowned: West Kelowna RCMP

May 17, 2021 - 11:16 AM

The 52-year-old man who went missing on Saturday while recreationally diving in Okanagan Lake is now presumed drowned, West Kelowna RCMP say.

West Kelowna RCMP, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Kelowna Fire and Rescue, and members of the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue continued their search near the William R. Bennett Bridge yesterday, May 16, and despite extensive efforts, they were unable to locate the man, according to an RCMP media release.

He is presumed to have drowned and today, May 17, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team and COSAR are at the location attempting to locate the man's body, RCMP said.

“For the safety of our divers and the entire search team, we request that boaters remain away from the area while we complete our search,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in the release. “At this time, searchers are unable to estimate how long this operation will be on-going.”

Investigators do not believe criminality was involved in this incident. The BC Coroners Service has also been notified.

No further information is being released at this time.

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