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Vernon man dies cliff diving on Kalamalka Lake

FILE. Kalamalka Lake.
June 22, 2020 - 3:05 PM

A 32-year-old Vernon man died this weekend, following a cliff diving incident on Kalamalka Lake.

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers were called Sunday, June 21, just after 4 p.m. to Kalamalka Lake for a man who cliff jumped into the lake and failed resurface from the water.

"Numerous citizens attempted to locate the male after he did not resurface, however, were unsuccessful in doing so," RCMP spokesperson Const. Kelly Brett said in a press release.

"RCMP along with Vernon Search and Rescue were deployed to the area and conducted a search using an underwater camera."

The man's body was recovered today, June 22, by members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

"This is a tragic event for all those involved, including the citizens who attempted to locate the male in the water after he failed to resurface," Brett said.

"Cliff diving, although a common occurrence seen on Kalamalka Lake, can be fatal and police are asking those who access the water's edge to use caution and common sense so that everyone can stay safe and enjoy the incoming summer months."

The investigation into this incident is ongoing and RCMP will continue to work with the B.C. Coroners Service.

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