Report of person falling into Swan Lake turns out to not be a person at all

VERNON - There was some commotion on Swan Lake Tuesday afternoon after reports that someone may have fallen through the ice.

As it turns out, it was probably just a wild animal.

Leigh Pearson with Vernon Search and Rescue says they found the hole in the ice and discovered animal tracks, but no human footprints.

“It turned out to be a beaver, possibly an otter,” Pearson says.

A truck recently sunk through the ice on Swan Lake, so emergency crews weren’t taking any chances on Tuesday’s call out for someone having possibly fallen through.

“It was a good happy ending,” Pearson says.

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