Police recover paddler’s body

Oregan man's body found in Okanagan Lake in Lake Country

  • Aug. 3, 2012 3:00 p.m.

Black Press

The body of an Oregon man who went missing while paddleboarding near a friend’s home Monday night was pulled from Okanagan Lake Wednesday.

The Kelowna RCMP received a report of a missing person on the 4000 block of Finch Road in Lake Country, Tuesday, at 9:30 p.m.

“Apparently, a 73-year-old man from Oregon arrived in town the previous day to visit family,” said Const. Kris Clark.

“At approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday night, the man took a paddle board out onto the lake but didn’t return. Unfortunately, he wasn’t noticed to be missing until the following night. By all accounts, the man was a strong swimmer, experienced paddle boarder and in apparent good physical health. The initial searches were unsuccessful.”

The body and a paddleboard appeared in the area of Finch Road at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and the Kelowna RCMP were called in to assist. The body has since been confirmed to be that of the 73-yearold man and his family has been notified.

The West Kelowna RCMP are assisting the BC Coroner Service with the investigation.