Five Males Ejected From Raft on Okanagan River Channel, One Male Drowns

Penticton, BC – On June 28th at 318 pm, Penticton RCMP, BC Ambulance and Penticton Fire Department were called to assist a male in distress in the Okanagan River Channel at the Green Mountain Road bridge.

Five men were floating the channel with their rafts tied together and went to either side of the middle bridge abutment. All were ejected, four men were able to make it safely to shore downstream. The fifth man was entangled in a rope and was unable to keep himself above the water in the fast moving current.

Penticton Fire Department utilized personal water-craft and were able to bring the male to shore where life-saving efforts were made by emergency services personnel and he was transported to Penticton Regional Hospital. The 20 year old male was pronounced dead at the hospital and the matter is being investigated by the BC Coroners Service.

Police File # 2017-9524

Penticton RCMP

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