Sledder dead in cabin

Alanna Kelly

A West Kelowna father is dead after he collapsed on a snowmobiling outing in the Graystokes area with family and friends.

RCMP were made aware of a man in distress inside a sledders' cabin on the Graystokes trails about 12:40 p.m. on Monday.

Police said a sledder travelled about 20 minutes by snowmobile to call 911.

Central Okanagan Search And Rescue, Vernon Search and Rescue Helicopter, Big White Fire Department were engaged to assist.

Emergency crews were challenged with poor cellular and radio reception said Robert Braun, COSAR search manager. 

The man's family and friends that were with the man performed CPR on him while emergency crews were en route.

“The helicopter winch rescue team from Vernon Search and Rescue was able to land on a nearby lake and they were able to send their members into the cabin where they worked on the gentleman,” Braun said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency medical crews by Vernon Search and Rescue helicopter arrived.

The man has been identified as Mike Milligan, 39, of West Kelowna.

“What started as an amazing day ended tragically around 1 p.m. with the passing of our friend Mikey Milligan,” Bill Petten said on the Kelowna Snowmobile Club Facebook page. “Mikey leaves behind a young daughter. Our prayers are with her and his family tonight.”

Three Kelowna Snowmobile Club response members were involved, three COSAR search and rescue personnel in the field and two members were back home in Kelowna monitoring communications. A UTV was also used in the response. 

RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation. The death is not believed to be suspicious. 

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