Dog swept away by creek

Family loses chocolate lab after BX Creek swept him away Thursday

A playful afternoon at BX Ranch Park turned tragic for a family whose dog was swept away by the creek Thursday.

The fast-flowing waters of BX Creek took Carol and Adam Campbell Watt’s chocolate labrador, Askim, around 4 p.m. Thursday. The faithful family pet was found deceased in the creek Friday.

“We have three dogs and they actually all got pulled into the water and we were actually able to retrieve two of them,” said Adam.

Dozens of friends, family and fellow dog lovers helped the couple search for the five-year-old lab.

“We are happy to be taking him home and would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped in our search to bring Askim home,” said Adam. “The kindness will never be forgotten.”

While the couple has never had a problem with their dogs around water before, the creeks are running extraordinarily high due to recent and continuing heavy rainfall and snowmelt.

“It’s going quite fast but they’ve been around water their whole lives and it’s never been a problem,” said Adam.

A rainfall warning has been issued for the entire Okanagan, including Vernon.

Total rainfall amounts of up to 40 millimetres are expected through Saturday.

Residents are asked to take extreme caution around rapidly flowing creeks and rivers.