Body of missing Abbotsford boater recovered in lake

Dominic Cox, 25, has been identified as the man who had been missing after falling from a boat Sept. 11 on Okanagan Lake.

  • Oct. 17, 2013 11:00 a.m.

Dominic Cox

by Mark Brett, Black Press

The family of a 25-year-old Abbotsford man has received a measure of closure following the recovery of his body from Okanagan Lake on Oct. 10.

According to emergency officials, Dominic Cox had been kneeling on the bow of a motorboat when he fell off and was struck by the vessel on the evening of Sept. 11.

He was one of seven people on board who were returning to Penticton Marina after several hours of wakeboarding.

Police said Cox was not wearing a lifejacket at the time and initially the others on the boat did not realize he had fallen in the water.

The recovery came just two days before a memorial service at Creekside Centre in Abbotsford for Cox, who is survived by his wife, two-year-old son and other family members.

The Penticton RCMP and the Penticton Fire Department initially responded to the call. However, their efforts to find him were unsuccessful and the matter was turned over to search and rescue crews from Penticton and Vernon.

An intensive six-day search by the two agencies, involving about 500 volunteer hours, failed to turn up any sign of Cox.

Last week, a team from the Idaho-based Ralston and Associates, using side-scan sonar equipment, located what appeared to be a body on the lake bottom in about 90 metres of water, too deep for RCMP divers to make an attempt.

Using a remote-operated underwater vehicle, the body was brought to the surface and recovered by Penticton Search and Rescue (SAR) members.

Barb McLintock of the BC Coroners Service confirmed the successful recovery and the identity of the victim.

The coroners service is currently investigating the incident. McLintock was unable to give a time frame for the report’s completion.

According to Penticton SAR search manager Dale Jorgensen, information received the day before the recovery actually changed the search parameters.

“It turned out the area we had first been told to search was actually a kilometre north of where the body was found, but we are happy he (Cox) was located and that was the end result,” said Jorgensen. “It’s unfortunate, but after a certain point of time, the likelihood of a person being alive slips away,  but it certainly is a matter of the closure, particularly for the family, to recover the body.”

According to his obituary, Cox was born in Byron Bay, New South Wales and grew up in Kyogle, Australia. He moved to Abbotsford in 2006, where he met his wife, Kylee.

The couple have a son, Nixon, age 2, and were active members of The Bridge Church.

Cox is described as having an “easygoing and accepting attitude coupled with (a) great sense of humour.”

He was an avid surfer, mountain biker, hockey player, and musician.

Funds are being collected to provide financial support to Cox’s wife and son. Details on how to help are available at The Bridge Church’s website at








Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WEATHER: Strong winds, heavy rainfall and risk of a thunderstorm forecasted for Langley

Special weather statement is in effect for Metro Vancouver, including Langley

First rainstorm of the season pelting the Lower Mainland

Batten down the hatches as heavy rains, wind, and some localized flooding possible

Volunteers needed to help make Aldergrove shine

Business association will host downtown clean up day and will survey owners and residents on Oct. 3

UPDATE: Teen missing since early Monday in Langley has been found

Police released information about a 14-year-old girl who has been found safe

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Abbotsford youth launches mental health awareness page

Abby Senior student Mia Skoone aims to provide information with @mentalhealth4youth account

RCMP investigating man reportedly hiking nude on Summerland’s Full Frontal trail

Potential charges against the man could include indecent exposure.

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Grand jury indicts police officer in Breonna Taylor death

Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment

First 8 months of fatal overdoses in B.C. have now exceeded 2019 death toll

Nine people died every two days in August, BC Coroners Service data shows

Most Read