Speed boat sends canoeists into Okanagan Lake

Lake Country RCMP investigating Saturday collision between speed boat and canoe near Whiskey Cove on Okanagan Lake

Two canoeists were spilled into Okanagan Lake Saturday after a speed boat sideswiped the canoe.

Lake Country RCMP received a report at 5:15 p.m. Saturday of a collision between a canoe and speed boat near Whiskey Cove.

“According to witnesses, a speed boat entered the cove northbound and dropped off a water skier by the buoys,” said RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark. “The speed boat then apparently powered up and banked hard left, colliding with the side of a canoe carrying two passengers.”

Both canoeists were ejected into the water and both physically shaken from the incident. The boat operator realized what had occurred and immediately rendered assistance.

A Kelowna woman sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash. No other injuries were reported.

No charges have yet been laid but the investigation is active and ongoing.