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Alcohol led to drowning

A man who drowned in Okanagan Lake last summer had a blood alcohol content of 0.19 according to a report from the BC Coroners Service. 

Mitesh Krishnil Gounder of Surrey was significantly over the legal limit when he jumped into the lake and began to struggle.

He and a female friend had rented a boat on Aug. 18 and spent their time traveling around the lake, occasionally stopping to go swimming.

Just before the boat was to be returned, around 6:45 p.m., the 23-year-old man went for one last swim. He entered the water and it quickly became apparent that he was in distress.

His female friend attempted to help him, but she was unable to hold on to him. They let go of each other and Gounder fell below the surface. She continued to search for him but was unsuccessful.

The RCMP brought in a dive team and found Gounder’s body the following day. He was found two metres below the surface, approximately 60 metres from shore.

Coroner Andrew Cave says Gouder’s alcohol content was consistent with a moderate to heavy level of intoxication and that played a contributory factor in the drowning.

The death has been classified as accidental and no recommendations have been made.

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