11 survivors of overturned pontoon on Okanagan Lake

A good Samaritan fished 11 men out of Okanagan Lake last weekend after their possibly heavy pontoon boat overturned.

The boat capsized before 2 p.m. on July 23 about 400 meters north of the WRC Bennett Bridge and RCMP said none of the boaters were wearing life jackets when another boater found them.

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“All boaters were found and the only injury sustained was a scratch to the shin,” the RCMP said in a news release.

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The boat was towed to shore and the rental company removed it for repair.

“The Okanagan is busy this time of year and many are enjoying the lake, but it could have easily turned into a tragedy were it not for the actions of the people who arrived to help,” said Const. Kelowna Media Relations Officer Mike Della-Paolera said in a news release.

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West Kelowna RCMP are continuing to investigate why the boat rolled over, but it appears passengers were on the upper deck, which made the boat too heavy.

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