Fishermen trapped in ice

Two fishermen managed to reel themselves into a chilly situation Saturday.

A pair of North Okanagan men were in a small fishing boat on Okanagan Lake when they became trapped in the ice near Newport Beach on Westside.

Vernon Search and Rescue rescue were called out to assist the fishermen at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday.

“It was very unusual,” said Leigh Pearson, search manager, who has never attended such a call of ice entrapment.

Sitting approximately half a kilometre from shore, the fishermen could not escape the ice, which moved in and trapped them in the late afternoon.

“There was probably 50 or 60 feet of water surrounding the ice,” said Pearson.

The fishermen were assisted by two people in a canoe until the 25 search and rescue members arrived on scene.

Then, dressed in cold-water protective gear, two members walked out on the ice and retrieved the fishermen and brought them to shore by 9 p.m.

Aside from being a little chilly, the fishermen were OK and were not hypothermic.

A resident on Westside witnessed the incident and says it is dangerous to be on the lake this time of year due to the ice flows.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Organizers of annual fundraiser praying for snow on Mount Washington
You are not what you eat, says author visiting Courtenay
Strathcona Nordics second overall at BC Midget championships
High risk offender wanted B.C.-wide, say Vancouver Police
Victoria terror suspects more ‘disgruntled’ than political: expert
Harvest fan
H1N1 flu returns, targets younger people
Driver blames signage for Cow Bay swamping
ELECTION 2104: Cow Bay incumbent wants to stay the course, challenger seeks overhaul

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.