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.

Just Posted

Parents cross over painting job on 6 Ave. crosswalks

Crosswalks, not painted since September, are a safety concern for two parents

Yale First Nation project preserves elders’ memories and recipes

Community members are encouraged to share their traditional food recipes by Feb. 28

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

Driver of vehicle down 90-foot embankment rescued on Highway 5 near Hope

Rope rescue conducted on mutual-aid call with Chilliwack SAR, Hope SAR and Agassiz fire department

UPDATE: Missing Dawson Creek man found, RCMP confirm

33-year-old Jeremiah Alexander Smith’s vehicle was abandoned near Hope Feb. 14

VIDEO: B.C. superfans soak in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Trio, including two from the Okanagan, have been cheering on Summerland Olympian Kripps among others in Korea

More snow expected on the Coquihalla, Highway 3

Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres will come down between Friday and Saturday mornings

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

Lane closures on Alex Fraser, Port Mann bridges considered to avoid ‘ice bombs’

Province spent $5 million clearing both bridges last years

UPDATE: Northern Health dealing with lack of 121 registered nurses

Auditor General says officials need to improve internal management, track effect of new policies

B.C. businesses say new health tax will raise prices for consumers

Province announced that MSP will be gone by 2020

Most Read