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Missing kayaker's body found as search moves on to shrimp boat captain

Kayaker's body located

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

The body of a missing kayaker has been found on Kalamalka Lake.

Eli Buruca went missing during a windstorm the night of July 24.

Volunteer searchers located Buruca's body in deep water at the north end of the lake and it was recovered by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team on Wednesday, says police spokesperson Cpl. Tania Finn.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased," said Finn.

"We would like to thank the efforts of all those who assisted with the search; especially the Ralston family, who travelled to the Okanagan."

Meanwhile, the search for Travis Van Hill continues on Okanagan Lake, near Ellison Provincial Park.

Van Hill went missing during the same storm, when the shrimp boat he was on capsized.

Boaters are asked to give the search vessels a wide berth.


ORIGINAL: 1:35 p.m.

Dive teams are back out on Okanagan Lake, continuing the search for missing boat captain Travis Van Hill.

Van Hill's wife, Kim, says a police dive team is back on the lake today.

It's been over three weeks since the shrimp boat captain first went missing in a storm July 24.

He's presumed drowned, but a body has not been located.

The commercial shrimping boat he was on board capsized during the storm.

The boat was pulled out of the lake and dry docked on Aug 1.

WorkSafe BC became involved in the case because Van Hill was working during the storm.

Van Hill was not found on the boat when it was recovered.

Some believed he had been caught in the nets pulled behind the boat, but when the netting was recovered, Van Hill was not among it.

The dive boat seen on Okanagan Lake Wednesday morning was initially thought to be the sonar search boat run by Gene and Sandy Ralston. It’s currently searching Kalamalka Lake for missing kayaker Eli Buruca.

Buruca went missing during the same storm.

The Ralstons are a search and rescue team from the United States who plan to search for Van Hill after Buruca is located.



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