Wood Lake drowning victim identified

Forty-two-year-old man found in a depth of 16 feet of water

The body of a drowned man in Wood Lake was recovered by the RCMP underwater recovery team late Saturday afternoon.

At about 2:09 p.m. the RCMP, the Lake Country Fire Department and the B.C. Ambulance Service responded to a report of three swimmers in distress near the Kokanee Beach Resort.

Investigators determined that three boys, ages nine through 11, were swimming just off shore and were being called in by their mother when they were suddenly carried further out into Wood Lake by the strong currents of Vernon Creek.

“The boys mother yelled for help and other family members, including the father of two of the boys, entered the water to assist,” said Const. Jesse O’Donagheym, with the RCMP.

“The three boys along with their cousin and grandfather were rescued by operators of a nearby paddle boat. Unfortunately, the boys father disappeared beneath the surface of the water and was presumed drowned.”

At 5:56 p.m. Vernon Search and Rescue located the body of George Klein, 42, of Whitehorse, Yukon,  in a depth of 16 feet of water about 50 feet from the south shore of Wood Lake.

The RCMP dive team with the assistance of the RCMP Air Services, the Lake Country Fire Department and Vernon Search and Rescue completed the recovery.

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