Family members of two men killed in a collision on Osoyoos Lake Saturday evening say they are stumped by the incident, saying there was no way alcohol could be a factor.

“They do not drink alcohol at all, so there is no chance of this,” said the wife of one of the men.

“Both are responsible and both do not consume alcohol at all ever.”

She and other family members spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday evening, preferring not to speak publicly as they take time to mourn their loss.

An RCMP Underwater Recovery Team located and recovered the bodies of the two men — a 35-year-old man from Kamloops and a 36-year-old man from Maple Ridge — from Osoyoos Lake just after 7 p.m. Sunday evening, Sgt. Jason Bayda, the Osoyoos detachment’s commander, said this morning.

The RCMP remain at the scene in an effort to raise both boats from the bottom of the lake. The investigation into the cause of this collision is ongoing.

The search followed a collision involving two boats on Osoyoos Lake Saturday evening.

The effort was focused on water between the Hwy. 3 bridge and Swiws Provincial Park in what fishing charts suggest is about 15 metres of water.

Sgt. Bayda said RCMP received numerous reports of the collision Saturday evening, adding that both boats sank quickly.

Carmen Martins of Osoyoos reported to Global News that she was sitting near the beach around 7:15 p.m. when she saw the collision between what she described as an aluminum fishing boat and a “red boat.”

Both boats sank almost immediately, she said.

Osoyoos firefighters and five ambulances responded following the collision.


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