IIO is Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding a Fatal Collision on Okanagan Lake near Summerland (2021-217)

Case: 2021-217 Incident Date: August 5, 2021 Agency: RCMP Detachment: Richmond Location: Summerland Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Closed - With Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision on Okanagan Lake near Summerland.

Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on August 5, 2021 at approximately 11:20 a.m., an off-duty member of the RCMP operating a recreational personal watercraft, or ‘Sea-Doo’, on the Okanagan Lake was involved in a collision with another personal watercraft. The operator of the other watercraft, a man, sustained serious injuries in the collision.

Emergency Health Services transported the man to a hospital for treatment, but he was pronounced deceased in the evening on the same day.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information of the incident to please contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.


The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.


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