Man dies after hitting log boom
Aug 25, 2013 / 9:30 am
Update 9:30 a.m. Sunday:
A man, in his early 40s, died as a result of injuries he sustained Saturday night when his personal watercraft struck a log boom on the west side of Okanagan Lake.
Another craft in the same vicinity apparently heard the noise in the darkness and responded to the area where they found the man unconscious in the water. Rescue crews were notified and the man was taken by boat to a waiting ambulance near Kelowna Yacht Club, but apparently died in spite of attempts to resuscitate him.
"He actually ran into a log boom on the west side (of the lake)," explained platoon captain Dale Calhoun of the Kelowna Fire and Rescue Department, who confirmed that the individual was deceased.
"There was another craft that heard the boom and found him in the water," Calhoun continued.
"The gentleman was wearing a lifejacket, but was unconscious in the water."
The man sustained serious head injuries in the accident.
Regional Rescue were called to the area of Trader's Cove in West Kelowna Saturday night to help a man who was injured while operating a personal watercraft.
According to witnesses who were at Rose's when the man was loaded into an ambulance shortly before 9 p.m., he was receiving CPR and appeared non-responsive.
The man is estimated to be middle-aged.
Further details will be released as they become available.
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