Drowning victim identified

A 24-year-old male foreign exchange student has drowned in Hope's Kawkawa Lake. His body was recovered on Monday morning by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT).

The name of the 24 year old Kenyan male who drown in Kawkawa Lake is now being released.  Felix Odera was in the Hope area with other exchange students when he entered the water at Kawkawa Lake and drown.  Felix was a student of UBC and had been since 2007.

Felix was part of a group known as the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship out of UBC and had  rented a facility at Kawkawa Lake for the day.  Felix was described as a bright student who was well liked by all.

“It’s a really sad accident and our thoughts are with Felix’s family and friends right now,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  The coroner’s investigation is still continuing.

The incident took place on Sunday afternoon when the student, from Kenya, entered the water from a floating dock approximately 70 feet from the beach area.

When he failed to surface, Hope RCMP were called to the scene. The initial search turned up nothing. The next day, at approximately 9:35 a.m., his body was recovered by the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT).

With calm waters and weather, the team spotted the man’s body, located 24 feet down in the lake. A team of five members from the URT assisted with the recovery.

The Coroner’s Office attended and determined that foul play was not suspected at this time.

The body was transported to the Royal Columbian Hospital for an autopsy. Confirmation of cause of death has not been determined.

There were approximately 16 young adults, all of whom were foreign exchange students,  who were together at the lake when the incident occurred.  Four or five of the students were on the floating dock when the male entered the water.  “The early stages of the investigation point to the young man being unable to swim,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  “It’s a really sad accident and very upsetting for the people who witnessed it.”

The RCMP would like to urge anyone who is around the water to weae a life jacket or another approved floatation device.

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

Just Posted

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

Child falls down Bridal Veil Falls near Chilliwack, crews on scene

An 11-year-old boy fell over the falls about 25 to 30 feet and has suffered a head injury

Popular retired UFV therapy dog passes away

Mac the Therapy Dog consoled countless students and staff, as well as wildfire victims

Imagination Library Fraser Valley celebrating Christmas in July

Dolly Parton early literacy intiative looking for financial support to help with waitlist

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Fraser Valley loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people traveling Chilliwack’s Keith Wilson Road

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Most Read