Penticton RCMP have confirmed the driver of a pickup truck which went into the south end of the Okanagan River Channel early Sunday morning did not survive.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said initial indications are speed may have been a factor in the single-vehicle accident however the matter is under investigation by the RCMP ‘s South Okanagan Traffic Services division. Members there were not available for comment.
The deceased is belived to be male however his name is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.
The condition of the lone occupant of a vehicle that plunged into the Okanagan River Channel early Sunday morning remains unknown at this time.
According to Cpt. Dennis Noble of Penticton Fire Rescue, crews using the personal rescue watercraft were able to get to the scene quickly and broke the window to free the victim.
“They started performing CPR on them on scene and they were still performing CPR on the way to the hospital,” said Noble. “No idea which direction he was travelling. No idea speed that’s up to the RCMP. We were just concerned to get him extricated out of the vehicle and then onto shore.”
At this stage RCMP have not released any information.
The vehicle reportedly went through a barricade wall off the bridge winding up on it’s side about 30 feet from shore.
According to Noble the department’s rescue watercraft had just been put in the water for the season the day before.
“So they were already at the marina (on Skaha Lake) so it was a very quick response and very quick extrication out of the vehicle with them,” he said.
A witness reported the Channel Parkway and the Skaha Lake Road intersection were closed to traffic in both directions for some time but were later re-opened.