[Hpn] homeless left for dead in Kelowna landslide

Graeme Bacque gbacque@colosseum.com
Tue, 22 Jul 2003 17:44:10 -0400


Residents fear homeless trapped in bluff collapse

Monday, July 14, 2003

KELOWNA, B.C. - A bluff has collapsed along the shoreline of Okanagan Lake
in Penticton.

The 60-metre-wide landslide completely covered an area that is a popular
camping spot for transients. It is popular among fruit pickers and other
homeless people.

"They are frequently people from Quebec and other parts of the country
that are kind of transients," said concerned local Dr. Deiter Wittel.

"And no, they would not be noticed missing."

Despite the possibility that someone could have been trapped, area
residents say no major effort is being made to clear the debris.

The slide was first reported by former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell
Day when he was out for his morning jog.

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