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Death confirmed at Okanagan Lake Beach in Penticton

Death at Okanagan Lake

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed a death at Okanagan Lake Beach Tuesday afternoon, in response to a Castanet request for information about this incident.

Details of cause of death are unknown at this time. 

"Our fact-finding investigation will look to determine who died, and how, where, when and by what means they came to their unexpected death," reads at statement from the BC Coroners Service. 


UPDATE: 3:40 p.m.

Dozens of somber onlookers were across Okanagan Lake beach Tuesday afternoon, after an unresponsive man was pulled out of the lake. 

Suspected as a possible drowning, a family from Edmonton saw the man snorkelling, but something looked off. 

“But then I saw his head going with the waves, I’m thinking  sleeping, meditation, or not good..foam coming out of his nose and mouth when we pulled his mask off, ” said Candice Johnston.

She was out on the lake with her two sons and mother when they noticed the man. 

Her son was wondering why he wasn’t moving at all and the whole family was concerned about him.

“It's hard to judge cause you think he might be just snorkelling.”

That's when Johnston gave him a couple taps to see if he would respond, and when he didn’t, she flipped him over.

“He was purple and white, and not moving,” her son said. 

That's when the family knew something was wrong. 

“We pulled him up to shore and then two gentlemen helped us pull him out and they started administering CPR right away.”

Soon after fire rescue and paramedics arrived. They performed continuous CPR and rescue efforts on the beach until taking him away in an ambulance.

“I don’t know if it was the wrong place at the wrong time or right place at the right time if you know what I mean?”

Both of her sons agreed it was the right place to be.  

The man's status at this time is unknown, but Castanet will update as more information becomes available. 


ORIGINAL: 2:54 p.m.

Emergency services are on scene at Okanagan Lake Beach performing CPR on a man pulled from the water Tuesday afternoon. 

Bystanders told Castanet reporter Casey Richardson that the man did not seem to be responsive on shore. 

Ambulance, RCMP and Penticton Fire Department crews are assisting.

More to come. 



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