Vernon man dies after falling into Okanagan Lake

David Jones, 82, fell from a ladder at the Vernon Yacht Club Thursday morning

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a Vernon man who died following an incident on Okanagan Lake.

David Gilbert Jones, 82, was repairing a mast on a sailboat at the Vernon Yacht Club Thursday morning when he was witnessed to fall from the  ladder he was using.

“He struck the rigging and parts of the boat and then fell into the lake. He was able to swim to the dock but became  unresponsive as he arrived there,” said Larry Marzinzik, regional coroner.

“Bystanders rescued him from the water,  but he was not able to be resuscitated.”

Jones was a realtor, actively involved in Vernon’s cultural scene and was a Vernon councillor in 1987.

The coroners service and the RCMP continue to investigate this death.