RCMP respond to a cliff diving incident on Kalamalka Lake, Vernon

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to a sudden death of a man, involved in a cliff diving incident on Kalamalka Lake, late Sunday afternoon.

On June 21, 2020, just after 4:00 pm, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in Vernon BC, for a report of a male who had jumped from a cliff but failed to re-surface from the water. Numerous citizens attempted to locate the male after he did not resurface, however were un-successful in doing so.

The RCMP along with Vernon Search and Rescue were deployed to the area and conducted a search using an underwater camera. The body of a 32 year old Vernon man was recovered on June 22, by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

This is a tragic event for all those involved, including the citizens who attempted to locate the male in the water after he failed to re-surface, says Cst. Kelly Brett. Cliff diving, although a common occurrence seen on Kalamalka Lake, can be fatal and police are asking those who access the water’s edge to use caution and common sense so that everyone can stay safe and enjoy the incoming summer months.

The investigation into this incident is on-going and the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP will continue to work with the BC Coroners Service.

No further information for release. 

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