Kevin Boutilier

RCMP say 25-year-old Kevin Boutilier was houseboating with friends on Shuswap Lake in B.C. when he disappeared under the water. (Submitted by Karyn Boutilier)

The body of a Calgary man who drowned in Shuswap Lake has been recovered.

RCMP say 25-year-old Kevin Boutilier died in a boating accident in August 2013. 

It appears Boutilier and several others jumped into the water to retrieve the hat, but the houseboat began drifting away because of rough water conditions.

Two of the individuals in the water appeared to be in distress, so several others dived in to assist.

RCMP said Boutilier was last seen going under the surface several times in the Narrows area of the lake. He did not resurface in spite of a friend's efforts to aid him.

RCMP said that area of the lake is very deep and the terrain on the bottom presents challenges for divers as well as using sonar equipment.

His body was recovered last week.