A six-year-old is dead following a boating incident on Kalamalka Lake Monday night.
According to Vernon RCMP, a family from North Vancouver had been boating on the lake at about 6 p.m. and was returning to the dock when the driver turned the boat and the child fell overboard.
Cpl. Tania Finn says the child was struck by part of the boat.
The child was rushed to the pier and met by emergency response crews but despite all efforts, the child died.
One person wrote on The Morning Star Facebook page, “We saw something going on near the dock by Alexander’s. A terrifying scream, panic and a lot of emergency vehicles followed.”
Police are assisting the BC Coroner Service and the family is receiving support from Vernon North Okanagan Victim Services.
Police were on scene on a dock on the eastern edge of the beach at 7 p.m. It appeared there was a body under a tarp on the dock, with two people kneeling beside it.
Beachgoers kept a respectful distance from the scene on the dock as police kept a tight guard on those who got too close. Those further west down the beach appeared unaware that anything was amiss at the east end.
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