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Search for missing Coldstream senior takes to the water

RCMP use specialized sonar equipment on Kalamalka Lake
Robert Baines has been missing since Jan. 2, 2024. (Contributed)

The search for missing senior, Robert Lee Baines, continues on the water with the help of specialized sonar equipment.

The 83-year old man was last seen on Jan. 2, at a residence on Ponderosa Way in Coldstream.

Despite an extensive ground search by the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and Vernon Search and Rescue, Baines was not located.

With the warmer weather and boating season soon approaching, the search is resuming on the water.

“It is requested that boaters stay a few hundred meters away from the search area,” said Cpl Tania Finn, RCMP media relations officer. “The wake from passing boats causes disturbances with the readings of the sonar which will extend the search efforts.”

The water search is set to begin on Kalamalka Lake Thursday, March 28 and will focus on the area around Kalamalka Park from Rattlesnake point to deeper waters.

The vessel is equipped with flashing lights and is easily spotted by other boaters.

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