A man was pulled from Kootenay Lake on April 4 after falling in while fishing but was pronounced dead upon arrival in hospital.

Man dies in Kootenay Lake accident

A man died this month after falling into Kootenay Lake just north of Balfour.

A man died this month after falling into Kootenay Lake just north of Balfour.

The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. on April 4, however authorities did not speak about it until last week. Kaslo Cst. David Beach told 103.5 Juice FM the man was on a boat fishing with his wife when he fell in.

The BC Conservation Service got him out of the water with the help of a passing fisher. He was brought to the ferry terminal where he was attended by the Balfour fire department, paramedics, and a local doctor.

However, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kootenay Lake hospital in Nelson.

“It was a very tragic incident,” Beach said, adding that he wasn’t sure how long the man was in the water. Foul play is not suspected, but Beach said it’s possible a medical emergency caused the man’s fall.

His name, age, and hometown have not been released.

The BC Coroner’s Service is investigating.

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