Police urge life-jacket use after Shelter Bay drowning

Revelstoke RCMP are investigating the drowning of a 50-year-old Westlock, Alta., woman.

A statement from the detachment said police were called to the Shelter Bay Provincial Park shortly after 8 pm on Wednesday, August 18.

‘The investigation has shown that a husband and wife were out in a small Zodiac, fishing in Upper Arrow Lake,” the statement said. “The victim was standing in the boat when she fell overboard.  The victim’s husband was able to get her to shore but CPR attempts failed to resuscitate her.”

The victim was a non-swimmer and was not wearing a life jacket. Revelstoke RCMP and the British Columbia Coroners Service are continuing the investigation.

“This tragedy could have been avoided which is why police across the province are urging all water users to wear a personal floation device at all times when on a vessel,” the statement said.