Supt. Brent Mundle (Kelowna RCMP – Detachment Commander) and Inspector Paul MacDougall of the Kelowna RCMP, standing with recipients, Dylan Draper, Elijah Brownley and Logan Peachey. (IMAGE CREDIT: CONTRIBUTED)

Kelowna residents commended for bravery

“(They) plunged into the waters of Okanagan Lake to rescue the man…”

A group of friends, who would all humbly tell you that they “didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t do,” were recognized Thursday, by the Officer-In-Charge of the Kelowna RCMP, for going above and beyond to save a man’s life.

During the evening hours of Aug. 16, members of the Kelowna RCMP Downtown Enforcement Unit responded to a complaint of a person causing a disturbance and located a man standing on a log wave break under the William R. Bennett Bridge. The man jumped into the lake and began swimming west away from shore, however despite his efforts he was being pushed north by the strong winds and large waves.

RELATED: WEST KELOWNA PAIR HONOURED WITH BRAVERY

“A group of four beach goers didn’t hesitate, they quickly jumped into action and plunged into the waters of Okanagan Lake to rescue the man,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

“Using a stand up paddle board, the group of friends worked together to reach the man, who was struggling to stay above the water’s surface and safely returned him to our officers on the shoreline.”

All four friends, three men and one woman who ranged in age from 22 to 26 at the time of the incident, were honoured by Kelowna RCMP Supt.

The three men honoured were: Dylan Draper, Elijah Brownley and Logan Peachey while the woman’s name was not released.

Brent Mundle who personally presented each one in the group with a “Detachment Commander’s Commendation for a citizen who has gone above and beyond,”certificate accompanied by a unique Kelowna RCMP challenge coin.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.



kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

Revelstoke Mountain CoLab will vote on becoming non-profit society

‘We’re more than just a space. We’re a community’

Revelstoke Mountain Resorts breaks ground for new hotel

The new hotel will include 154 rooms, conference space, restaurant, bar, and a fitness/spa facility

Revelstoke RCMP food bank drive raises 4,000 pounds of grub

Demand at the food bank has roughly tripled since the start of the pandemic

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Deer and moose die after being chased by dogs in South Okanagan

BC conservation officers are asking the public to control their pets

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Trail RCMP officer accused of criminal harassment, forcible entry

BCPS: The charges against Murchie date between 2017 and 2020

LETTER: Customer service builds strong support

Company showed positive attitude and swift response

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Most Read