Oliver RCMP were contacted by a male who advised his 66 year old wife had gone for a walk along the canal at 8:45 am and has not returned home. The canal due to recent flooding was very high with fast moving water.
RCMP officer, Cst. Sinnett and Penticton Police Dog Services searched the area without success. Search and Rescue began a systematic grid search while Oliver RCMP contacted a Dive Team and a Helicopter.
An Officer with the Oliver RCMP was tasked with being an observer inside the Helicopter while searching for the missing female. It was the late afternoon and a storm had gone through the area dropping a large amount of rain in a short period. There was concern the female was being exposed to the weather elements while only wearing light clothing.
Cst. Sinnett observed the female waving at him 300 yards from where she began walking but on the other side of the canal. She described having been in the canal but was able to pull herself out onto the opposite bank. Because she was now wet, exhausted and had suffered some injuries to her legs she was unable to walk.
The Helicopter landed near the female and a member was able to assist the exhausted female into the Helicopter. The female was transported to a location where EHS could assess the female and determine if she required further treatment at the hospital.
Editor’s Note: we believe canal refers to Okanagan River but that has not been confirmed.
The information below is related we believe but not confirmed.
Missing Oliver Women
Oliver RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find 66 year old Oliver resident, Valerie GOUGH. Valerie was reported missing to Oliver RCMP on Monday June 25th, 2018 at 12:30 pm and was last seen in the Gallagher Lake area at approximately 8:30 am. Valarie was wearing a white t-shirt with “I Walk for Cancer” on the front and black pants with a purple strip down the side.
Valerie GOUGH, was located at 6:00 pm with help from RCMP Air Service and Oliver Search and Rescue