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Medical distress incident in Kelowna backcountry….

KELOWNA, BC: The Kelowna RCMP continue to work closely with the BC Coroners Service after a man collapsed in medical distress while snowmobiling with family and friends Monday afternoon in the Graystokes area east of Kelowna… 

On January 8, 2018 at 12:40 PM, RCMP were made aware of a 911 emergency call of a male reportedly in medical distress inside a rural cabin amongst the Graystokes snowmobile trails. Police had learned from the caller, who had travelled approx. 20 minutes by snowmobile to be able to call for emergency services, that the male was with a group of family and friends when he suddenly collapsed.

Central Okanagan Search And Rescue (COSAR) crews and the Big White Fire Department were engaged to assist and emergency crews were challenged with poor cellular and radio reception.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of those performing CPR on scene, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, “the man was deceased upon the arrival of emergency medical crews by a Search and Rescue helicopter.

The deceased male has since been positively identified as a 39 year-old West Kelowna man.

RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service with their investigation into the man’s death, as his death is not believed to be suspicious in nature. There is no further information available for release.


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