Two people were taken to hospital — one with serious injuries — after a collision between two boats on the South Thompson River on Saturday (Aug. 8, 2020).
A male and female passenger sitting on the lower back deck of an east-bound ski boat were injured when it collided with a jet boat.
Kamloops RCMP said they were called to the scene east of Pioneer Park at about 3:30 p.m. Sgt. Brian O’Callaghan said preliminary investigation shows the ski boat was travelling slowly when a jet boat approached quickly from behind, also travelling east, when the operator lost control and crashed in to the lead vessel. The boaters were able to make it to the shore.
“Fortunately, police and fire had boats on the South Thompson to support the Float the River event, and were able to respond quickly,” he said.
There was no indication whether the accident was connected to the Float the River event or occurred coincidentally. The event drew controversy due to social distancing and river-safety concerns when it was announced on Facebook recently.
Initially, the injuries to one of the passengers was believed to be serious. Police conducted a preliminary investigation and seized the vessels for mechanical inspection and to conduct further investigation of the vessels.
O’Callaghan said alcohol was not a factor with either of the operators of the vessels. According to witness accounts, it was remarkable that no one was seriously injured or killed, he said.
Police are continuing their investigation to establish what if any charges may be supported. If you witnessed the collision, call the office at 250- 828-3000 to provide your contact information for a statement.