Fatality reported in rock slide

Fatality reported in rock slide

The Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department assisted RCMP on Sunday after a rock slide on Green Lake Road damaged a house and reportedly killed its occupant. (File photo)

The Penticton RCMP and BC Coroners Service continue to investigate a rock slide near Okanagan Falls that killed an 81-year-old homeowner on Green Lake Road on March 11.

On Sunday at approximately 9:17 a.m. the Penticton RCMP received a report of a rockslide which was blocking Green Lake Rd.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk of the Penticton RCMP said that upon attendance, officers observed a large boulder on the road as well as a deceased male on the property above the road.

“Large boulders around the property appeared to have just come down and it was evident the residence had been struck,” he said.

It is believed the homeowner had been outside when he was struck by the falling boulder.

The man has been identified as the 81 year-old resident of the home and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Deputy Fire Chief Fred Dobransky of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department said they were called to assist the RCMP in the aftermath of the rock slide, which occurred approximately two kilometres from the Highway 97 turnoff in Okanagan Falls.

The deputy chief said it is the first time the department had been called for a fatality due to a rock slide.

Firefighting officer Martin Zenuik said a few sizable rocks came down from the mountain real fast and struck the individual.

“Looked like a total one in a million fluke.”

The Penticton RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Services with their investigation into the incident and the man’s death.