Body of drowned RCMP officer pulled from Okanagan Lake
Dive teams located the body of a drowned RCMP officer Monday after a four-day search in British Columbia's Okanagan Lake.
Police say 46-year-old Joseph Minguy fell out of a moving police zodiac boat on Friday afternoon while on routine patrol.
He briefly surfaced, but he sank below the waves before he could be reached. A passing boater called 911, and a massive search has been underway ever since.
The 23-year veteran of the RCMP was wearing equipment on his duty belt, boots and a bullet-proof vest when he fell.
Witnesses say Minguy was not wearing a personal flotation device although the RCMP have not confirmed it. Whether he was wearing a life vest is expected to be a central focus of the investigation now underway by the B.C. Coroner's Office and the Workers Compensation Board.
Leigh Pearson, a personal friend of Minguy and leader of the Vernon Search and Rescue team, said he was a highly respected officer and will be missed.
Minguy had two sons aged 11 and 13.