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Search Continues For Two Missing Men Following Mondays Wind Storm on Okanagan and Kalamalka Lakes

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

The search for two men missing on two north Okanagan lakes continues Wednesday.

The search began around 11 pm Monday evening after the two men were likely caught off guard by strong wind and waves.


Unconfirmed reports describe the waves Monday evening as being over 10 feet high.



The missing men from the two separate incidents are a kayaker who was on Kalamalka Lake and a commercial fisherman who was working Okanagan Lake just off Hurlburt Park on Eastside Road.


The Kayaker has not been identified but his Kayak has been recovered.


The Commercial fisherman has been identified as Travis Van Hill. VanHill was working with a second crew member that evening. The condition of that man has not been released.



The capsized commercial fish boat remains off Hurlburt Park on Eastside Road, its bow protruding from the lake next to a small craft it was towing at the time.


Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) assisted in the search of Kalamalka and Okanagan Lakes.


The search continued Tuesday with no results.


It's expected the search will resume today. Plans to recover the capsized fishboat are underway


RCMP have secured the area.



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