Two men rescued from Shuswap River after canoe overturns

What started as a fun Father’s Day on the Shuswap River for two Vancouver-area men turned chilly.

What started as a fun Father’s Day on the Shuswap River for two Vancouver-area men turned chilly.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP officers responded Saturday at 3:15 p.m. to a report of an overturned canoe on the river in Enderby near Carver Road.

“The report was of an unknown number of persons in a canoe that overturned due to high waters, and that two people were trapped on the east side of the river,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Vernon Search and Rescue was called and they were concerned about hypothermia setting in on the men.

Rescue crews launched on the river from Kingfisher at 4:20 p.m. and worked their way south along the river.

Police officers kept eye contact with the men until around 5:30 p.m. when search and rescue was able to get into the inlet.

Both men were safely rescued.

“At around 6 p.m., search and rescue confirmed the two people did not sustain any injuries,” said Molendyk.

Police believe the men, aged 54 and 27, were father and son.