Bodies recovered from Osoyoos Lake

Bodies recovered from Osoyoos Lake

The Osoyoos RCMP, with the help of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, search for two missing people involved in a boat collision on Osoyoos Lake Saturday evening. The bodies were recovered on June. 9.(Photo by Vanessa Broadbent)

The bodies of two boaters who were missing following a boat collision on Osoyoos Lake  Saturday evening have been recovered by police.

On June 9 shortly after 7 p.m., the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man from Maple Ridge.

The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake. The investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.

Osoyoos RCMP is being assisted by RCMP marine analysts who specialize in investigating marine collisions.

Three people were hospitalized after the boats collided and sunk June 8. Two of the patients were taken to hospital in critical condition and one was in stable condition, according to BC Emergency Health Services.

A total of five ambulances responded to the call at 7:14 p.m. Witnesses said ambulances responded to a beach area on the west side of Osoyoos Lake, off of Magnolia Place near Oleander Drive.

The Osoyoos Fire Department responded to assist RCMP and BC Ambulance, and fire chief Ryan McCaskill said the three people hospitalized were on the same boat.

The Osoyoos RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the boats prior to the collision, or anyone who may have security cameras or other video recording devices that overlook the lake, to call 250-495-7236.