Rick and Peggy Joe were in shock after Peggy was sideswiped by a motor boat while paddling at Main Beach in Cultus Lake Wednesday morning.
It happened at about 10:20 a.m. and the operator of the boat allegedly left the scene after Peggy Joe was pushed off their cedar strip canoe.
The boat collided with the canoe, scuffing the bottom with paint marks.
“First of all, my wife and I are safe!” Rick Joe posted while the local couple were at the hospital getting checked out in the ER.
His wife was struck on her back before the boat knocked her into the water, he said.
It was a close call.
“A matter of an inch closer and I’d be planning my wife’s funeral today,” Joe said.
Hi everyone !
I'm home safe from the ER, no broken bones! Thank you for the good thoughts and well wishes.
I'm still shocked that I've been hit by a boat!!
So, thank you again. And now it's epson salts and advil for a bit here for me!
I love you all <3
— Peggy J (@peggybe_oonujut) July 30, 2020
Police were called, witnesses gave testimony, and an RCMP file is open on the incident to be investigated.
Joe posted photos of what looks like paint marks at the point of impact on the bottom of the canoe.
He asked any other witnesses who were lakeside that day, of which there were many, to message him if they later saw the boat or the operator.
“Also a big thank you to the ones that came to help and stayed with us and provided their statements to RCMP,” Joe said.
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