Two die in Enderby, alcohol fuels local calls to police

Salmon Arm RCMP were kept busy over the August long weekend

Salmon Arm RCMP were busy over the long weekend, tending mostly to booze-fuelled complaints.

Staff. Sgt. Kevin Keane says police responded to 100 calls on the long weekend, many as a result of bar fights, impaired drivers and intoxicated pedestrians.

While boating statistics were not available yesterday, Sicamous RCMP reported that overall safety compliance on the lake was significantly improved over previous patrols.

Friday near Angle- mont was another matter as a young Albertan sustained facial injuries in a Sea-Doo collision with a 24-foot bow rider.

Witnesses say the driver of the Sea-Doo had been jumping the wake made by the bow rider and failed to notice that the boat had suddenly slowed down.

The Sea-Doo driver crashed into the boat, with the 24-year-old driver from Calgary sustaining injuries to his face. He was transported by ambulance to Shuswap Lake General Hospital and later released. No other boat passengers were injured.

Both vessels sustained minor damages but were still operable and drivers of both vessels had their Pleasure Craft Operator Cards.

The driver of the Sea-Doo was later charged with a violation under the Small Vessel Regulations and given a ticket for operating a vessel in a careless manner. Police say liquor was not a contributing factor and all parties knew each other.

Water safety was an issue on the Shuswap River Sunday afternoon, where a 23-year-old female from Kelowna died while rafting with about eight friends.

The accident occurred around 2:20 p.m. when the group floating down the river on two rafts encountered a logjam. The woman was swept under. She was recovered 10 minutes later but on-scene efforts to revive her were unsuccessful, says Gord Molendyk, spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP Detachment.

Molendyk cautions that the river is particularly dangerous this year being higher, faster and colder than most other years.

Enderby RCMP were also called to the scene of a tragic farm accident in the 1400 block of Mabel Lake Road shortly after noon Friday, July 29.

A 53-year-old male was changing a tire on a large industrial sprinkler when it collapsed on top of him, killing him.

The accident is being investigated by the coroner’ office and WorkSafe BC.17:45:17

 

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