At around 5:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) morning, Peachland Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle that had possibly driven into Okanagan Lake, and was sinking. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

At around 5:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) morning, Peachland Fire Rescue responded to a report of a vehicle that had possibly driven into Okanagan Lake, and was sinking. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)

Peachland fire crews find abandoned vehicle sinking in Okanagan Lake

Crews say the driver drove into the lake Saturday morning, and left before crews showed up

Update, 4:04 p.m.

West Kelowna RCMP has confirmed the driver, and sole occupant of the vehicle which drove into Okanagan Lake this morning, was uninjured.

Police also confirmed the driver has been issued a ticket for failure to remain at the scene of a collision, as they left before authorities arrived.

According to RCMP, the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Original:

An early morning emergency call had Peachland fire crews scratching their heads.

At around 5:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 9) morning, Peachland Fire Department crews responded to a report of a vehicle that may have driven into Okanagan Lake, and was sinking.

The approximate location of the incident was the 6500 block of Highway 97, on a straight stretch of the road between Renfrew Road and Hardy St.

Approx. location of the incident. (Google Maps)

Approx. location of the incident. (Google Maps)

Several engines were dispatched and arrived on scene to find a vehicle that was submerged in the water, upright, about 15 feet from shore. Two off-duty paramedics who arrived on scene shortly before fire crews didn’t hesitate in searching the vehicle. They found no one inside.

Fire crews eventually discovered a lone occupant had left the scene prior to them arriving.

“We heard later on that a passerby had picked up the occupant of the vehicle and had given him a ride away from the scene,” said Peachland Fire Chief Dennis Craig.

Authorities are unsure what caused the crash. According to Craig, road conditions were not slippery.

“It was a straight stretch of road, it wasn’t in the S-Turns or anything so not sure what caused him to leave the roadway.”

Although a little less exciting, Peachland fire crews will spend the rest of Saturday participating in their annual Christmas tree chipping event.

This year, the event is contactless. Residents have booked appointments and left their trees at the end of the driveways for pickup. Donations are being made via e-transfer.

“Today is our last day, I think we have 18 trees to pick up today, and all the funds go towards Muscular Dystrophy (Canada),” Craig said.

To learn more visit Peachland Fire Rescue on Facebook by clicking here.

READ MORE: ‘An extraordinary man’: Vernon Search and Rescue mourns loss

READ MORE: Kelowna family asks for support as local musician begins battle with cancer

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email: phil.mclachlan@kelownacapnews.com


 

@newspaperphil
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Emergency calls

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A CP grain car has derailed near Field, causing a power outage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Train derailment knocks out power in Field

Power is not expected to be restored until tomorrow

(Pixabay)
‘Roadmap out of COVID-19’: Innovate BC’s program helping businesses recover

CEO Raghwa Gopal said the tech sector is here to help brick and mortar businesses

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2020 – 10 Year Anniversary Sand Sculpture. (Submitted/CBT)
CBT arts and culture grant program now accepting applications

Apply through the Kootenay Columbia Cultural Alliance

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Alexandra “Annabelle” Lee and her grandpa Bryan Weightman enjoyed a shopping spree at the Sicamous Askew’s foods location after Weightman won a draw for a gift card. (Submitted)
Sicamous seven-year-old fills grandparents’ shopping cart after contest win

When her grandparents won an Askew’s Foods gift card, Alexandra Lee got to handle the shopping

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
The Brucejack mine is 65 km north of Stewart in northwestern B.C. (Pretivm Photo)
B.C. mine executives see bright gleam in post-COVID future

Low carbon drives demand for copper, steelmaking coal

In this Dec. 18, 2020 photo, pipes to be used for the Keystone XL pipeline are stored in a field near Dorchester, Neb.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Machian /Omaha World-Herald via AP
Canadians divided over Keystone pipeline, despite U.S. president’s permit pullback

Two-thirds of Canadians think Biden’s decision was a “bad thing” for Alberta

A GoFundMe campaign for a display of unity quickly received donations. The initiative, by the Lekhi family of Summerland, began days after their home had been targeted by vandalism and racist graffiti. Discussions are now taking place to determine where an art piece promoting unity will be located. (GoFundMe.com)
Artwork in Summerland to show message of inclusivity

Initiative began following vandalism of Indo-Canadian family’s home in July

Penticton’s Burdock House supportive housing on Winnipeg St. is one of the B.C. Housing buildings the City of Penticton wants audited. (File photo)
City of Penticton seeks audit of BC Housing supportive housing units

BC Housing recently announced plans to construct a new supportive housing unit in the city

Most Read