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UPDATE: Mystery woman subject of Okanagan Lake search contacts police

(UPDATE: June 12 @ 10:55 am) - A woman who prompted a search of Okanagan Lake near Peachland this week is safe.

On Wednesday night, she contacted the West Kelowna RCMP to report that she was the mystery person seen out on the lake during strong winds the day prior.

Witnesses believed she could be in distress, which sparked search efforts by police, firefighters and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue.

The woman informed the RCMP that she was out on the lake in a canoe, wearing a pink hat that witnesses reported seeing, but there was no need for alarm.

She is trained to paddle in extreme weather, she explained, and got off the lake safely.


(Original story: June 12 @ 11:50 am) - No one has been reported missing, but the police are taking no chances.

RCMP air services were deployed this morning to scan the waters of Okanagan Lake near Peachland for a potential missing person.

Around 6 pm on Tuesday, as wind gusts over 50 km/h blew through the valley, West Kelowna RCMP officers were called to the Peachland area after a concerning sight on the lake.

<who>Photo Credit: Okanagan Lake during strong winds on Tuesday evening.

A witness near Seclusion Bay reported that a kayak or paddleboard was out on the lake during strong winds, but it was unclear whether or not anyone was on the vessel. The caller eventually lost sight.

According to Ed Henczel from Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR), his team and the fire department both hit the water in boats to search, but nothing was found.

“COSAR conducted extensive patrols of the area without locating the vessel or anyone in distress,” Cpl. Michael Gauthier told KelownaNow.

Gauthier noted that there has been no report of anyone missing, but confirmed that the RCMP helicopter was deployed this morning to scan the area.

"For all (we) know, the person made it to shore safely," added Henczel.

KelownaNow will update this story when more details become available.



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