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Two bodies recovered after marine collision on Osoyoos Lake

The bodies of two boaters who were missing following a boat collision on Saturday evening, have been recovered by police, according to RCMP Sgt. Jason Bayda.

"On June 9, shortly after 7 p.m., the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man of Maple Ridge BC, from Osoyoos Lake," said Bayda in a press release Monday. "The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake.

He said the Osoyoos RCMP is being assisted by RCMP marine analysts who specialize in investigating marine collisions, and the investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.

"The BC Coroners Service is also investigating to determine how, where, when and by what means these two men came to their death. Due to the privacy of the deceased, neither the RCMP nor the Coroners Service will be releasing or confirming identity.

"The Osoyoos RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the boats prior to the collision, or anyone who may have security cameras or other video recording devices that overlook the lake, to call 250-495-7236."