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1 injured after fight

Police responded to a physical altercation that left one person injured in Peachland on Saturday night. 

West Kelowna RCMP responded to what was believed to be a hit-and-run collision, near Beach Avenue and 3 Street.

“Police have since determined that a dispute between two individuals quickly escalated to a physical confrontation,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. on Saturday. 

At least one of the males suffered injuries but there is no risk to the public.

Investigators believe that both males were known to each other.


Injured pedestrian dies

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

A 32-year-old man has died as a result of injuries sustained from being hit by a vehicle in West Kelowna.

The man was walking northbound on Highway 97 when he was struck by a white Hyundai Sonata at about 4:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

Witnesses said that the man had stepped into the vehicle lane before he was hit, according to West Kelowna RCMP.

“Despite being injured themselves both occupants, a man and woman, quickly leapt into action to perform CPR on the seriously injured pedestrian," Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said.

The man was transported to hospital in grave condition.

Highway 97 remained closed to traffic for almost five hours heading northbound through West Kelowna while officials investigated the crash scene.

RCMP members and the B.C. Coroners Service continue to investigate.

- with files from Colton Davies

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

The northbound lanes of Highway 97 in West Kelowna is now open, after a vehicle incident closed the highway for several hours. 

UPDATE: 8:55 a.m.

The northbound lanes of Highway 97 remain closed in West Kelowna between Daimler Drive and Ross Road.

Witnesses at the scene say it appears as if a pedestrian was struck, and crash reconstructionists are still surveying the scene. 

The extent of the injuries suffered in the crash are unknown at this time. 

ORIGINAL: 7:30 a.m.

Highway 97 is closed northbound five km south of Kelowna because of a motor vehicle incident.

DriveBC is reporting a detour is available on Daimler Road to Ross Road to Bartley Road and then back to Highway 97.

There is no word on the seriousness of the accident.

Castanet will have more details as soon as they become available.

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Carbon monoxide call-out

Firefighters and paramedics responded to a possible carbon monoxide poisoning in West Kelowna Thursday night.

The incident happened in West Ridge Estates about 8:45 p.m., on the 2100 block of Sunview Drive, near Starlight Crescent.

Three people were said to be affected, though no patients were seen taken from the home.

Two fire engines and two ambulances attended the scene.


4,000 without power

More than 4,000 BC Hydro customers in West Kelowna, Peachland and Summerland are without power as a result of Tuesday's wind storm.

The latest information from BC Hydro's website indicates two separate outages have affected 4,072 customers. Both are currently under investigation.

One outage, affecting 2,500 customers, stretches south of Elliott Road in West Kelowna, east of Princeton Avenue in Peachland, north and south of Highway 97.

A second outage, affecting 1,572 customers, includes an area north of Beach Avenue in Peachland, west of Gellatly Road in West Kelowna and east of Highway 97C.

A large chunk of the province is experiencing heavy winds associated with a Pacific storm blowing across B.C.

More than 14,000 customers in the Thompson/Shuswap and Lower Mainland/Sunshine Coast are also without power.

A message on BC Hydro's website says the utility expects power outages to mount until the wind subsides.

"Crews have been dispatched to all areas to restore power quickly and safely," the message states.

"Exact restoration times will not be available until full damage assessments are complete. Please check back for the latest updates."

Sparks fly on Westside

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

High winds tore off some roofing material, which pulled electrical wires from the roof of the West Kelowna business.

The wires were arcing, causing sparks and a few flames that were quickly doused.

Staff evacuated the building, and firefighters got up on the roof to ensure no fire had spread.

Utility crews were also on scene.

ORIGINAL: 10:45 a.m.

Fire crews are responding to a roof fire at Dynamic Transmissions in West Kelowna.

Power lines are reported to be down and arcing on the roof of the building on Byland Road, near Daimler Drive.

The extent of the fire is not yet known, but Castanet has a reporter en route to the scene.

Winds are gusting strongly and are forecast to peak at up to 90 km/h in the Okanagan-Shuswap, according to Environment Canada.

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Life jacket saves boater

A 35-year-old West Kelowna man is lucky to be alive after being ejected from his cabin cruiser into the cold waters of Okanagan Lake on Sunday evening, RCMP report.

Moments afterward, the boat crashed into a cliff edge along the shoreline in Peachland.

On Oct. 15, at 5:20 p.m., emergency responders rushed to the scene of a marine incident after reports were received of a boat collision along Okanagan Lake's shoreline near Seclusion Bay Road.

“Police have learned that the boat operator, and sole occupant of the 29-foot Maxum cabin cruiser, was thrown from his vessel while navigating in rough waters,” said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey, RCMP spokesperson. “After being ejected from his boat, the unmanned vessel reportedly continued to drive at a high rate of speed before colliding head on into the shoreline.”

Luckily, the victim was wearing a life preserver.

“He was wearing a personal floatation device, which even in the cold waters, assisted him in being able to safely swim to the shore. Once he reached the shores of Okanagan Lake, he was able to call 911 for assistance using his cellular device, which he reportedly kept in a water tight case in his pocket.”

The man was medically assessed and later released from hospital.

Police said the vessel has major damage to its hull as a result of the collision.

Quick action stops fire

A grass fire was reported beside the road in the area of Scottstown and Webber roads just after 8 a.m in West Kelowna. 

The quick action of three residents passing by the scene put out the small bush fire as emergency crews made their way to the area. 

Darin Trovato spotted the fire on the side of the road as it was growing quickly. 

"I showed up, and there were a couple guys there. One guy was stomping it with his foot," he said. 

"It started getting bigger, so then we went and got a hose from across the street. We could hear the fire truck on their way, and by that point we had put the fire out," Trovato added. 

The cause has yet to be determined. 

Small grass fire overnight

Firefighters responded to a grass fire overnight in West Kelowna.

Details are few at this time, but the small fire was reported on Old Okanagan Highway, below the Johnson Bentley Pool about 10:45 p.m.

Three fire engines and crew responded, along with RCMP and paramedics.

It's not known how the fire started or if anyone was injured in the incident.

Castanet will provide more information as it becomes available.

Boat rescue after crash

The RCMP marine rescue team was on scene of a boat crash Sunday evening.

Ambulance and fire arrived on scene around 6:15 p.m. after reports of a boat crashing on the rocks near Seclusion Bay Resort in West Kelowna.

There is no word on injuries at this time.

Hunter fell 30 ft

UPDATE: 7:20 p.m.

A hunter sustained serious head injuries after falling 30 feet from a cliff in the Fintry area. 

West Kelowna and North Westside firefighters, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and RCMP officers spent 90 minutes working to rescue the victim after his fall.

Ephraim Nowak, search manager, said COSAR received the call to assist at 11:35 a.m. Sunday. 

“When we reached the subject we determined it would be best to fly him out by air so we requested Vernon Search and Rescue's helicopter winch rescue team," said Nowak.

“They were able to hoist the subject up in the helicopter and fly him directly to Kelowna General Hospital."

The hunter was located 500 feet from Westside Road but the terrain made things difficult.

“It was extremely rugged terrain so it would had to have been a high angle rope rescue by ground to get him out," he said.

–with files from Alanna Kelly

UPDATE: 6:45 p.m.

A joint mission involving Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, North Westside and West Kelowna fire departments and RCMP helped rescue a man who fell from a cliff Sunday. He was then airlifted to hospital.

According to a source who asked not to be identified, COSAR members went back to assist and found a rifle near the scene of the incident.

Fourteen members from COSAR responded to the scene.

UPDATE: 1:50 p.m.

The victim of a cliff fall off of Westside Road was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital around 1:40 p.m. Sunday. 

The man's injuries were not known however Air Rescue One, a Kelowna-based chopper operated by Wildcat Helicopters and manned by members of Vernon Search and Rescue, was used to transport the victim.

A number of North Westside Kelowna firefighting crews were involved in the high-angle rescue of the man. Crews have yet to return to the station, said a spokesperson.

ORIGINAL STORY: 12:13 p.m.

West Kelowna emergency crews are at the scene of an incident near the 5000 block of Westside Road where a man is believed to have fallen.

A number of crews have been called in for a high angle rescue – when ropes are used to hoist victims up or down a slope.

Castanet will update when more information becomes available.

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