Slocan Lake RCMP and other rescue officials work on extracting a car near the Slocan City boat launch on Wednesday morning.

Senior drowns in Slocan Lake

An elderly man drowned in Slocan Lake after reportedly driving his car down the boat launch and into the water Wednesday morning.

An elderly man drowned in Slocan Lake after reportedly driving his car down the boat launch and into the water Wednesday morning.

Slocan Lake RCMP say the body of the 76-year-old victim was found below about seven feet of water under the wharf, which runs parallel to the boat launch.

It appears the man was able to escape his submerged vehicle, but did not make it out of the water.

RCMP were still investigating the scene Wednesday afternoon and will notify next of kin before the victim’s name is released.

Nelson RCMP Staff Sergeant Dan Seibel said officers interviewed witnesses who were near the lake when the incident occurred around 8 a.m.

“He was alone in the vehicle, so there’s no indication of foul play,” Seibel said. “Whether he drove into the lake intentionally or by accident, it may never be know.”

A local towing company assisted RCMP in pulling the vehicle out of the water. Search and Rescue and local fire crews helped search the lake for the body.

The B.C. Coroner’s Service is also involved in the investigation.

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