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Coroner identifies Calgary victim in fatal boat crash
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a boating incident on Shuswap Lake near Sicamous on Aug. 16.
On Monday, RCMP recovered the body of Darryl John Johnston, 50, of Calgary following an extensive search that began Sunday morning, when police responded to a report of a boating incident at Hungry Cove in Cinnemousun Narrows.
Johnston was operating a 35-foot cabin cruiser on Shuswap Lake when, about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, the boat crashed into a rock face, throwing him into the water. An RCMP dive team completed recovery from about six metres of water at Hungry Cove.
A second man involved in the incident is in hospital with serious injuries.
This man, whose name is not being released, was below deck when the crash occurred. He was able to get assistance from passing houseboaters Sunday morning. The Alberta man was transported to Sicamous, where he was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital for treatment of various serious injuries.
Two dogs that were also onboard were safely recovered.
Sicamous RCMP, the BC RCMP Underwater Recovery Team, Air Services and members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue participated in the search effort that led to the successful recovery of the missing man’s body.
Meanwhile, the Sicamous RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.