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Mounties rescue boys in a dinghy floating in the middle of Okanagan Lake near Peachland

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July 25, 2017 - 1:27 PM

PEACHLAND - A day of fishing could have turned into tragedy Sunday, if it wasn’t for a pair of Okanagan mounties.

Two boys, aged 12 and 13, were fishing along the Peachland shore on Sunday, July 23, in what police describe as an “inexpensive rubber dinghy” when 50 kilometre per hour winds carried them toward the middle of the lake.

At around 2:30 p.m. two officers traveling south on Okanagan Lake in an RCMP patrol boat found the two boys floating approximately half a kilometre from shore, according to an RCMP media release. The kids were loaded onto the boat and taken back to Peachland where their parents were notified.

“Our officers took the time to discuss the peril the youths had placed themselves in,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey in the release.

“Those officers wanted to remind the public to ensure they are always prepared when they venture out on the water, that they wear proper life jackets, bring a sound signaling device or other means of communication, as well as carry a means of propulsion such as a paddle or oar if at all possible," O'Donaghey says.

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