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Boaters in the way

As water bombers scooped water from Okanagan Lake on Thursday to attack the rapidly burning Little White Mountain wildfire, some boaters didn’t get the memo to stay out of the way.

Castanet received multiple reports Thursday afternoon of boaters in the area where air tankers were refilling.

Melissa Klassen, fire information officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service, asked Castanet to put out the message about 3 p.m. for boaters to clear the water between the William R. Bennett Bridge and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park.

However, readers continued to submit photos of boats that had “stayed in the water-bombers refill zone to watch and take pictures even after it was clear that they were in the way.”

Another said, “I can see a lot of boats on the lake … people have no sense!”

The RCMP had a boat on the water clearing the area for the bombers.

Cpl. Joe Duncan, media spokesperson for the Kelowna detachment, said as far as he knew, officers had no issues with people ignoring their call to leave the area.



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