Police investigate after the body of a Vernon man was found in Okanagan Lake

Police investigate after the body of a Vernon man was found in Okanagan Lake

Man drowned at Kelowna beach was from Vernon

Coroner confirms identity of victim as Nicholas Salisbury, originally from Vernon but living in Kelowna at the time

  • Aug. 22, 2012 9:00 a.m.

JENNIFER SMITH

Black Press

The identity of a Vernon man found in Okanagan Lake Monday was been confirmed.

Nicholas Tal Salisbury is the 26-year-old drowning victim in the incident.

A snorkeller found the body of Salisbury submerged off Kelowna’s Hot Sands Beach Monday afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m., the swimmer spotted the body in an area in front of the volleyball courts just offshore and brought him onto the beach.

“Basically, a group of bystanders saw a body floating, dragged him to the beach, determined he was deceased and called emergency services,” said Const. Kris Clark, Kelowna RCMP.

Salisbury was originally from Vernon, but was living in Kelowna at the time of the incident.

Clark said the deceased had been in the lake for some time, and though he was not able to say how long, he would say the deceased had likely been swimming when he died as he was wearing swimming trunks.

“There is nothing really suspicious at this point,” said Clark, who also indicated it would be extremely unlikely anyone would die jumping from the bridge directly adjacent to the beach.

The investigation with the police and the coroner continues. Foul play has been ruled out.