The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the Kaslo man who drowned in Mirror Lake on Sunday afternoon.
Randolph Peter (Randy) Lundblad, 73, had ridden his bicycle to Mirror Lake about five kilometres south of the town in the early afternoon of Sunday. Lundblad was seen to dive into the lake and shortly thereafter to be in trouble in the water. The witnesses were unable to rescue him and he was deceased at the scene.
Lundbald was one of three people who died on the weekend in the British Columbia interior.
Mervyn Kenneth Reinson, 66, of Langley was boating alone on Okanagan
Lake on Friday. He was seen beneath the water near the Kelowna Yacht
Club. He was rescued and transported to Kelowna General Hospital, but did not survive.
Mitesh Krishnil Gounder, 23, of Surrey had spent Sunday afternoon on a rented boat on Okanagan Lake with a friend. About 6:45 p.m., he went into the lake for a last swim and was seen to be in trouble in the water shortly afterward. He was not able to be rescued and emergency personnel were called out. He was spotted by an RCMP helicopter the next morning, and his body was recovered.
The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate all three deaths.
“As summer weather continues, the BC Coroners Service reiterates the need for everyone engaging in recreational activities near water to take extra care for their own safety,” a Wednesday afternoon press release stated.