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UPDATE: Body recovered in river near Okanagan Falls

First responders are searching the banks of a river near Okanagan Falls on Friday morning. - Kristi Patton/Western News
First responders are searching the banks of a river near Okanagan Falls on Friday morning.
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Updated: April 28:

Police are investigating after a body was recovered from the channel located on the outskirts of Okanagan Falls on Friday.

Penticton RCMP received a report of male floating in the channel in OK Falls. The body of a 24-year-old Alberta man was recovered from the water and his death has been deemed suspicious pending the results of an autopsy to be performed early next week. The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and Penticton RCMP continue to investigate.

The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Updated: April 26

Emergency personnel recovered a body Friday from the Okanagan River canal just south of Okanagan Falls.

Dispatch received a call Friday morning of a possible drowning about two kilometres downstream of the Skaha Lake outlet dam off Green Lake Road.

Members of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP and B.C. Ambulance service attended.

At 10 a.m., Penticton Search and Rescue was called in by the B.C. Coroners Service to help recover the body.

"Fourteen SAR members from Penticton SAR along with the assistance from Oliver Search and Rescue responded to the Okanagan River canal several kilometres south of Okanagan Falls," said Randy Brown, public relations officer for Penticton SAR.

"As the event was water-related, the SAR manager in charge utilized five swiftwater rescue technicians from Penticton and Oliver to recover a body from the river."

Details of the victim's age, gender and identity have not yet been released.

 

 

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