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Okanagan Lake rescue

A group of visitors out for an afternoon float, got in trouble on Okanagan Lake, Sunday.

Naramata Fire Rescue was called out around 6 p.m. to assist three adults and two children who were in distress, said Fire Chief Tony Trovao.

"They started somewhere north of the marina in a bunch of floaties and ended up south of Manitou Park, when the wind picked up," he said. "So we got our boat out there."

They were able to get to shore on their own, and fire rescue took a truck to the location they landed at to make sure they were OK.

According to Trovao, it was a nervous time for the family, and they were badly shaken up.

The Penticton Fire Department had a boat out as well, but got half way to the scene and were called off, he said.

Trovao believes the group is from Quebec.

He issued a warning that boaters be aware of their environment, because when the wind picks up on Okanagan Lake, conditions can change dramatically.


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