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No sign of Lake Country man thrown from speed boat in Shuswap Lake crash

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RCMP say the body of a man who was ejected from a boat after a two-vessel crash on the Labour Day long weekend on Shuswap Lake has yet to be found.

The 33-year-old man, identified by RCMP as Ryan Hartmann, is presumed drowned following the incident on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Several agencies including Sicamous Search and Rescue and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue conducted extensive patrols in the area until 2 a.m. Monday morning, according to an RCMP media release.

“Those efforts continued on Sept. 2 with a helicopter and fixed wing aircraft joining Shuswap Search and Rescue who deployed a search vessel,” Sgt. Scott West with Salmon Arm RCMP says in the release.

RCMP said two vessels had been travelling east on Shuswap Lake in tandem between 8 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. when the accident took place.

One of the boats lost control and ejected two of its occupants from the cockpit of the boat and into the lake. A 25-year-old female was pulled from the water and transported to Kelowna hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say she is still recovering. 

RCMP say they have now shifted their efforts to a recovery mission and will continue to investigate the incident.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed a white, black and blue cigar boat and a white cigar boat travelling on the Salmon Arm end of Shuswap Lake between Herold Park and Paradise Point on Sept. 1 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m.

If you have photos or video of these boats, RCMP would like to examine these records as well. The Salmon Arm RCMP detachment phone number is 250-832-6044.

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