RCMP launch full scale search for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

RCMP launch full scale search for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

A full scale search has been launched for a missing 71-year-old male kayaker.

Around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, Kelowna RCMP overdue kayaker last seen on the waters of Okanagan Lake.

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Police say Zygmunt Janiewicz of Kelowna entered the water from the shoreline in the 3000 block of Abbott Street approximately 2:30 p.m.

“An abandoned surf ski personal water craft and personal floatation device, similar to the ones being used by Mr. Janiewicz were recovered along the shore near Watt Road,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“Searchers have been scouring the shoreline, as RCMP have called for support from the Kelowna Fire Department’s rescue vessel and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue who have since launched their helicopter to search from the skies above.”

The 71-year-old Janiewicz was reportedly last seen wearing a pair of black pants, a yellow jacket and a white hat.

Anyone with any information is asked to immediately contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


May 17, 2019 / by / in