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Okanagan Lake missing diver - British Columbia

Discussion in 'Accidents & Incidents' started by DandyDon, May 16, 2021.

  1. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,619
    5,670
    Search crews looking for missing diver in Okanagan Lake near Kelowna’s City Park - Kelowna Capital News
     
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,619
    5,670
    Search efforts resume to find missing diver in Okanagan Lake
     
  3. spc751

    spc751 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: BC Canada
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    I am a member of the same dive club and know everyone there. Diver A who has dived this site about half a dozen times is a regular dive buddy of diver B who has dived this site a couple of times. Diver C and D are regular dive buddies and have never dived this site. All four divers sometimes dive together at other sites. All divers are experienced in similar conditions such as strong current and very limited visibility.

    Diver A led both dives on this site. About 10 minutes into the first dive, diver C disappeared, diver D observed that diver C was missing, notified divers A and B and initiated lost diver protocol. Dive buddy C was found within five minutes and the dive was completed without additional problems. During surface interval the dive was discussed including the successful lost diver protocol.

    Dive two on the opposite side of the bridge. The plan was to descend at the buoy, swim to the south west corner of the bridge then continue along the west side of the bridge. Due to limited visibility and strong current, diver D got separated and surfaced back near shore but down current of bridge. Diver D did a surface swim to the south west corner of the bridge looking for the other three divers expecting them to be on the surface looking for him. Continued surface swim along dive route looking for bubbles or divers. Started to return to shore to call for help. Between buoy and beach saw divers appear under bridge. Returned to bridge and saw only two divers (diver A and B). Asked diver A where diver C was and was told "with you".
    Signaled nearby boats to look for missing diver and to phone police and SAR.
     
    Hiszpan, Seaweed Doc, Bob DBF and 5 others like this.
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    50,619
    5,670
    It's been 2½ weeks since he went missing, and they have continued to search much longer than usual in these cases. I guess that the water is cold enough to delay natural floatation to develop, but they finally recovered him.

    Body of missing diver recovered from Okanagan Lake: RCMP
     
  5. fireted

    fireted Registered

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    Body Recovered June 1st-2021 mid-day !
     

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