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Roll-over on Glenrosa

Rescue crews had their hands full after finding a pickup truck in the ditch Monday night.

The truck appears to have been coming down Glenrosa Road just after 11:05 p.m. from Crystal Mountain and went over a cattle guard and into the ditch in the 3700 block of Glenrosa Rd.

The truck came to rest on its side and the driver is reported to have suffered minor injuries.

Engine 34, two Police and an Ambulance were on scene and the roadway was down to a single lane.


Crash near 97C turnoff

There are reports of a vehicle crash on Highway 97 just past the entrance with the Okanagan Connector.

No indication as to how serious the incident is, however, witnesses in the area say traffic is not moving southbound around the area.

More information if it becomes available.

Distraught man saved

A section of the William R. Bennett Bridge was shut down for over an hour after a distraught man was helped to safety by police.

Concerned motorists contacted Castanet News and RCMP to report seeing the man outside the railing of the bridge just after 2:35 a.m.

Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said police arrived just after 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to find a “very intoxicated and emotionally distraught man” clinging to the railings. 

Police closed the northbound lanes of Highway 97 to enable them to safely engage the man in an effort to change his behaviour through verbal de-escaltion.

"As a precaution the Kelowna Fire Department rescue boat was launched and deployed to the area to assist police," said O'Donaghey.

Due to police efforts for an hour, the West Kelowna man climbed back over the railing to police.

The man was taken to hospital for a full assessment and RCMP are thanking the public for contacting them.

“The RCMP wish to thank all those motorists, who were impacted by the laneway closures, for their patience and understanding,” said O’Donaghey.

Anyone who needs assistance or might be in a crisis can contact these resources or can call a crisis 24-hour number at 1-888-353-2273.


Swing over falls gone wrong

A fun swing over Christie Falls in West Kelowna went horribly wrong for a man on Sunday after a failed attempt.

At 7p.m.Central Okanagan Search and Rescue were called to Christie Falls in West Kelowna up Bear Creek Road to rescue the injured man. 

"The man had fallen off the rope swing over the falls and sustained serious lower body injuries. There were
16 COSAR members, with help from four Penticton search and rescue rope team and a member of the Prince George search and rescue rope team who aided in the rescue," COSAR said.

Crews helped stabilize the victim while a cormorant helicopter from 442 squadron in Comox was dispatched for the rescue.

"The male in his 20's from Quebec, was evacuated by helicopter to Kelowna General Hospital," COSAR added.

The Christie Falls trail in West Kelowna is known for the infamous swing. 

"The trail to the top of the falls was fairly easy and only takes about 15 minutes. The hike down to the falls is a bit more challenging. Once at the waterfalls, there is a rope swing and if you're brave enough you can swing around the falls," Tourism Kelowna writes online

Hikers are reminded to swing at their own risk. Always have someone with you incase of an emergency. 

Police look for missing teen

Police in West Kelowna are asking for the public's help to find missing 16-year-old Madison Loutitt.

Loutitt, who was last seen on Thursday, is described as Caucasian, five feet 11 inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

"There is nothing to indicate foul play at this time and police believe she is either in West Kelowna or Kelowna," West Kelowna RCMP said in a news release.

Those with information on Loutitt's whereabouts are asked to call local police or CrimeStoppers.

Dangerous fire situation

Phil Olinger

A potentially dangerous situation was avoided by a quick thinking police officer Friday morning.

Phil Olinger tells Castanet he was driving to work near Bear Creek on the west side of Okanagan Lake when he saw what appeared to be a Dual wheel pick up truck, with no licence plate, fully engulfed in flames down an embankment.

The video clearly shows the flames spreading from the burning truck. "It's still pretty green in that area but if it weren't for the officer  who went down with a fire extinguisher who knows where that fire would have ended up," says Olinger.


Joining 2 water systems

The City of West Kelowna will be joining the Pritchard and Sunnyside water systems together.

The city says interconnecting the adjacent systems will meet water quality requirements.

In a news release, officials say users of the Pritchard system will have to remain on a boil water notice until improved treatment is provided, or the system is connected to the Sunnyside system.

Users have been on a boil water notice since early May.

Work on the interconnection will begin July 23. It's expected to take about four days to complete.

While work is being done, Pritchard water users and those at Barona Beach may experience slight water pressure changes.

West Kelowna's water master plan recommends the two systems be interconnected.

The work was initially expected after the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant was finished, but persistent issues have moved up the timeline.

Tesla burned in garage

UPDATE 8:39 p.m.

Brent  Watson, Assistant Chief West Kelowna Fire Rescue tells Castanet the WKFR responded to a house fire on Sageview Road just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
"First arriving crews found the house unoccupied and quickly extinguished a fire in the basement and garage areas. The basement was severely damaged, as were the cars in the garage, which included a Tesla. There were no pets in the single-family residential home at the time of the fire."
Watson says one firefighter suffered minor injuries in the line of duty.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation,"but the preliminary cause and origin appears electrical in nature. The fire is not considered suspicious at this time, and it is not known if the owner has insurance," says Watson.

ORIGINAL 8:19 a.m.

West Kelowna resident Jean Jeffers tells Castanet that West Kelowna firefighters appear to have a handle on a house fire on Sageview Road Thursday morning.

The fire broke out early Thursday morning and appeared to be under control by 8 a.m., "there is still smoke coming from the windows but it looks like they have the situation under control," according to Jeffers.

No word on the extent of damage or if anyone was home at the time of the fire.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

Old Okanagan Highway is closed in both directions after what appears to be a serious motorcycle crash.

A truck apparently rear ended the motorcycle near the intersection with Shamrock Drive.

Emergency crews worked on the individual for several minutes before he was taken away to hospital.

No further details are available at this time.

Flipped at garden centre


A tractor-trailer has flipped on its side Thursday afternoon in West Kelowna.

Photographs taken at the scene show a semi sideways on the concrete at Bylands Garden Centre, located at 1600 Byland Road.

It is not clear if anyone was injured in the incident, but firefighters and paramedics are on scene.

Castanet will update this story as more information becomes available.

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