Canada

Search and Rescue Responds to Multiple Rescue Calls in Okanagan

Paramedics from both Vernon and Kelowna were busy Friday night when they were called to a number of missions.

The first call was made at approximately 5:30 pm when the Kelowna RCMP responded to reports of a man who entered Okanagan Lake at McKinley Landing and never surfaced again.

The crew spent the entire night searching, but was unsuccessful. Central Okanagan Search and Rescue returned to the area early Saturday morning to continue the search.

read more:

Sully Male Remains Recovered from Okanagan Lake: RCMP

“COSAR was called out last night by the RCMP to assist in the search for a missing man,” said Duane Tresnich, Central Okanagan Search and Rescue Manager.

“We spent two hours last night searching the McKinley Landing Area from 7pm to 9pm and were first out at 7am.”

The story continues under the ad

During the day, COSAR deployed a helicopter to take aerial images of the area where the man went missing.

read more:

Missing Dr. Okanagan’s body recovered from Thompson River in Kamloops

“Helicopters are used as an overview to see if the subject is approaching the shore (where). It’s very rocky there, lots of docks, but lots of drop offs. Cliffs. and.”

The Vernon Search and Rescue Squadron was called in to assist McKinley Landing, but stood by while COSAR conducted an aerial search, conducting three separate searches both on land and at sea. We had a busy night.

“Around 7 p.m., we got a call from the Vernon RCMP. Witnesses were reporting that a sailing vessel had partially sunk towards the Ellison Park area,” said Coralie Nairn, VSAR search manager. .


Click to play video:



The man who drowned in Peachland on Monday was a 57-year-old tourist from the Lower Mainland


The man who drowned in Peachland on Monday was a 57-year-old tourist from the Lower Mainland – Aug 9, 2022

“We answered the call and about 20 minutes later we got a second call about someone missing in the area.”

The story continues under the ad

Members of VSAR attended the missing person’s call, but were soon told by the Vernon RCMP that the person had been found and the search team could be dropped. Around that time, they also determined that the sunken yacht had been abandoned and no injuries or problems had been reported.

“We completed the mission and just as we were back at the marina, the Vernon Yacht Club, we got a third call,” says Nairn.


Click to play video: 'Surge in rescue calls in Okanagan during pandemic'



Surge in rescue calls in Okanagan during pandemic


Surge in Help Requests in Okanagan During Pandemic – 17th July 2022

“It was for another missing person in the Vernon area, so we responded to it. We hung up at about 1:00 a.m. (Vernon) pending further investigation by the RCMP.”

The Kelowna RCMP has confirmed reports of possible drownings in Okanagan Lake, but has yet to release any new information.



Search and Rescue Responds to Multiple Rescue Calls in Okanagan

Source link Search and Rescue Responds to Multiple Rescue Calls in Okanagan

Related Articles

Back to top button