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Vernon Search and Rescue crew assists boaters after vessel capsizes

Incident happened after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, on Kalamalka Lake
Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon North Okanagan RCMP rescue four people from the waters of Kalamalka Lake after their boat capsized Sunday, Aug. 15. (File photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue played a big role in helping four people to safety from the waters of Kalamalka Lake Sunday, Aug. 15.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report that four people were stranded in the lake after their boat took on water and capsized.

Police requested the assistance of VSAR, who launched their boat and safely brought all the individuals back to shore.

“We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to our amazing Search and Rescue volunteers for their dedication, quick response, and ongoing commitment to our community,” said Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Vernon Search and Rescue volunteers also played a major role Sunday in assisting the RCMP in delivering evacuation orders throughout Okanagan Indian Band land along Westside Road and surrounding areas, due to the continued approach of the White Rock Lake Fire.

By the end of the task, three more orders were added from the Regional District of the North Okanagan and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan.

From 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, approximately 1,400 homes were contacted.

READ MORE: Motorists urged to keep North Okanagan highways clear for fire evacuees

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Roger Knox

About the Author: Roger Knox

I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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