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Overloaded party boat capsizes, one dead

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JUNE 10 - A 20-year-old woman died when the houseboat she was aboard capsized Wednesday, June 8, on Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, British Columbia. More than 60 people between the ages of 18 and 20 reportedly were on the boat for a birthday party when it capsized, according to a news report.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police used a crane Friday, to remove the houseboat from the water. Police are conducting a criminal investigation following the death of Camille Fry, who had been trapped under water, according to the report. As of June 10, no charges had been filed.

The boat belongs to Okanagan Waketours, a company that offers houseboat tours of Okanagan Lake. According to a statement posted on Okanagan Waketours’ Web site, the boat had been rented to third-party users and was in accordance with the company’s “normal business practices.”

“As soon as we have received the results of the investigation, we will consult with our insurers, and we may have a further statement at that time,” it reads.

The Web site, www.okanaganwaketours.com, says the company’s boats can accommodate up to 30 people.

Home video from the party shows the boat rolling over about 30 seconds after partygoers finished singing happy birthday, according to the news report. Those who fell overboard clung to coolers and other debris before being rescued. A number of those on board said the company provided a skipper who was in charge.

Jason Fell